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The Iberian hog

The Iberian Hog

Who doesn't know the world's famous air-dried ham Jamón de Pata Negra or also known as Jamón Ibérico de Bellota? What makes this ham so special is its origin. It comes from the Iberian hog, which is commonly known as the "black pig".

The Iberian hog is a semi-wild breed and is mostly found in south-western Spain (Andalusia, Extremadura) and Portugal (Alentejo).

Iberian hog in nature

A characteristic of the "Cerdo Ibérico" (its Spanish name) is that it is almost exclusively kept in nature. This semi-wild pig with its typical black bristles lives carefree in cork oak and holm oak woods and feeds on acorns, grass and herbs.

 

The particular diet of the Iberian hog gives its meat a unique nutty flavour. Grazing in generous space also ensures that valuable fat is stored in the animal's muscles. This gives the meat a healthy, marbled texture, as it is also known of the famous Kobe cattle.

The Iberian hog is perfect for our dry dog food, because its flesh has a number of outstanding properties. It is particularly low in cholesterol and has a high content of unsaturated fatty acids. It also contains folic acid, vitamin E, and B, as well as numerous minerals such as copper, iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus.

Of course, the meat of the "Cerdo Iberico" is prepared with our proven PLATINUM "pressure cooker" cooking method. Aujeszky´s disease, also known as "pseudorabies", can be excluded, as the meat is cooked at 95 ° C.

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