A quintessential Italian ham, prosciutto is one of the most famous and versatile types of cured meats. Using the hind legs of the pig, the curing process is done by massaging a proportionate amount of salt into the meat. Then with salt air and time, in a climate-controlled environment, the dry cured hams are hung and are air dried for two months or more. Because of the salting process, this cured ham with a unique flavor adds a briny richness to pastas, sandwiches, and antipasti platters, and will be an excellent addition to any charcuterie board.
Prosciutto di Parma
This sweet and salty parma ham production originally began in the Parma region, a tradition that continues to this day. In order to protect the meticulous curing methods and quality of ingredients, the Consortium was founded in 1963 to enforce standards of production and quality control. In 1970, the European Union gave prosciutto di Parma its DOP status (Protected Designation of Origin), which helps guarantee authenticity for this popular type of cured meat. Italian ham can only be called di Parma if the pigs are raised in the province of Parma. This area is known for its unique microclimate, where sweet winds from Versilia carry the aroma of chestnuts from the Apennines, giving prosciutto di Parma a sweet flavor that’s like no other.
What makes prosciutto di Parma different?
Like many made in Italy imports, this ham has a distinctive flavor, different than prosciutto di san Daniele, that reflects the environment where it was produced. In fact, Italian ham can only be called di Parma if the pigs are raised in the province of Parma, in the Emilia Romagna region. This area is known for its unique microclimate, which comes from the air that blows in from Versilia. Passing through a variety of landscapes, the air takes on the scent of the olives and pine groves of the Val the Magra. Then, the softened winds are infused with the buttery and nutty aroma of chestnuts from the Apennines before arriving in Parma; giving this loin of the hind leg meat a sweet flavor that’s like no other.
What can I make with prosciutto?
Serving Prosciutto of all kinds thinly sliced can be used in dishes where you might use ham, such as a classic charcuterie board with parmigiano reggiano cheeses and olives, an Italian pizza topping with arugula and pecorino romano, or a grilled panini sandwich. Layer sliced prosciutto and provolone cheese between two slices of hearty Italian bread and you’ll have a scrumptious lunch you can make in a snap. The sea salt tang of prosciutto brightens dishes such as pastas, soups, and vegetable medleys. Enjoy refreshing ham with melon on a hot summer’s day, or make a comforting bowl of Tuscan bean soup with this specialty cured meat in the wintertime.
Types of Prosciutto
Prosciutto cotto, which is cooked and prosciutto crudo, which is raw are very different. We carry them all at Supermarketitaly!