The Famous "Pata Negra" from Spain
For many years, Santiago Martin and his family worked hard to make their slaughter house meet USDA standards. Finally, in 2005, Embutidos Fermin was the pioneer in meeting these strict standards, allowing Fermin to be the first company to export its wonderful Iberico products to the United States. Fermin’s headquarters are located in the beautiful medieval town of La Alberca (Salamanca). We are also proud to carry Cinco Jotas Iberico Bellota, which is considered to be one of the most prestigious brands in the world. Since 1879, Cinco Jotas has been producing this exquisite meat in the small village of Jabugo (Huelva), where oak trees flourish and pigs are allowed to roam freely throughout the “dehesa”.
Remember: there is one breed, Ibérico, also called Pata Negra, which is the wonderful free-range pig indigenous to Spain. The special feeding pattern is what differentiates jamón ibérico from other dry-cured hams and will render it "Iberico" (fed on grains and some bellotas - acorns) or "Iberico Bellota" (the most premium, made from ibericos that have been fattened the last 3- 4 months on acorns). This makes the meat sweet, marbled in color, velvety in texture and with an unsurpassed aroma. The jamón comes from the hind legs of ibericos and takes a minimum of 2 years to cure. The paleta comes from the front legs (shoulders) of ibericos and cures in about a year and a half. The paleta is leaner and not as big as the jamon. There is a significant price difference between all of these options so make sure you are getting exactly what you are paying for. Is it jamon or paleta? Is it iberico or iberico bellota? Then you can get more specific and ask for it sliced by machine or by hand. When you purchase Iberico products from us, we will weigh each piece and charge you the price per pound.
Another Spanish tradition, Authentic Serrano ham has been available in the U.S. since 1995. It is becoming more and more popular because of its exceptional flavor, aroma and texture. We directly import and distribute Navidul, Redondo Iglesias, Jamondor, and Fermin Serrano. They each have slightly different flavor and texture profiles, so you can select the serrano ham that best suits your palate. Each thin slice of jamón serrano has a delicious aroma, a sweet flavor and a perfect intermingled marbling of fat that makes each slice melt in your mouth. Serrano ham as it should be: The Authentic Taste from Spain.