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About Serrano ham

Serrano ham takes its name because of the way in which the animal is quartered which gets the name “V-cut” or “Serrano cut”.

 Commonly the word “Serrano” is associated to hams proceeding from a “white pig”  (breeds as Duroc, Landrace or Large White…). However, this kind of V-cut or Serrano cut is not only used for quartering white pigs but also for Iberian pigs and Iberian hams.

 Anyway, with the terminology Serrano ham or jamon Serrano, we make reference to ham coming from a white pig and not from an Iberian pig.

 According to Spanish legislations there are 3 different kinds of Serrano ham depending on its quality. The three of them are listed below from the lowest to the highest quality:

  • Cellar ham (jamon de bodega)
  • Reserve ham (jamon de reserve)
  • Great reserve ham (jamon gran reserve)


Iberian ham is also known as spanish ham, black hoof ham, serrano ham, Jabugo ham, Guijuelo ham and of course by any of the spanish names jamon ibérico, jamon pata negra or jamon serrano. All of these are names make reference to one of the spanish most famous, tasty and delicious gourmet foods in the world.

In this blog, step by step, we will try to explain you everything about ham, the different kinds of hams, the name they get, how they are produced, how to distinguish them, how to prepare it and lots of different ways to eat and enjoy it.

We are sure you will enjoy this culinary treasure as much as we do.

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