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#NotAFoodie Trying Jamon Serrano

I'm not a foodie but I like to try things. I tried Jamon Serrano that came from truffle fed pigs.

The header image may scare you but it’s real. I was traveling in Andalusia Spain on vacation and happened to pass through the town of Trevelez while doing one of my many hikes with my boyfriend. Upon passing through, I found out that their jamon serrano is apparently one of the best in the world and is super expensive. Why? Because the pigs are fed truffles. So even though I’m not a foodie, I had to get me some ham to see if it was better than the 1 euro stuff from the market.

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How Was It?

We popped into Meson Joaquin to get some jamon serrano at around 7 since most of the other restaurants weren’t serving food until 8 PM. Ordering two cokes and a plate of jamon serrano with bread, we waited to taste this fine ham.

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The first bite was tasty. It was heavy, meaty ham that tasted rich and flavorful. I don’t lie. It tasted like ham that was mixed with cheese already, in a good way. It was fatty, yummy and much better than the 1 euro stuff we used in our sandwich we made earlier that day. The jamon serrano cost 8 euro. Was it worth it? Yup, for sure. Eat it alone, with bread, with olives. So delicious I wish I had some to eat as I’m writing this up.

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How Is Jamon Serrano Prepared?

The scoop is the village of Trevelez is the highest village in mainland Spain. It’s clear mountain air and temperature is ideal for curing this delicious jamon and is of the highest quality, boasting no preservatives. It’s “expensive” but not as much as the jamon from Jabugo. The jamon is cured for a minimum of 14 months and has a bit of fat on it, making that much more tasty and hearty.

What Else Is There To Say?

Get the jamon serrano here! It’s yummy and thick and is making my mouth water just thinking about it. Although you’re likely to be surrounded by legs of ham hanging over your head (sorry, not a vegetarian), it’s something you should buy and try.

Do you enjoy jamon serrano? Have you tried it? Can you go to Spain and ignore it? Let me know!

 

 

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