Lomo Bellota: Origine et caractΓ©ristiques - Cuisine d'Espagne

Lomo Bellota: Origin and characteristics

May 04, 2023

What is Bellota lomo?

Lomo Bellota is a delicious dry-cured ham produced in Spain from Iberian breed pigs fed with acorns ( bellota in Spanish) in southern Spain . This region is renowned for the quality of its pigs and for the traditional method of ham production.

Bellota lomo is made from pork tenderloin, which is marinated in a special sauce and dried for several months. The marinade is made with spices and aromatic herbs , such as garlic , paprika and thyme , which add a unique flavor to the ham .

The drying process is crucial for the development of the texture and flavor of lomo Bellota . It hangs in a temperature and humidity controlled cellar for a period of six months to a year, depending on the size of the room. During this time, it loses moisture and gains flavor , texture and aroma .

Bellota lomo is characterized by its firm and slightly fibrous texture, its dark red color and its complex and rich taste. It is often served thinly sliced, accompanied by fresh bread and olive oil. It can also be used in cooked dishes, such as pasta or omelettes.

Bellota lomo is considered a premium product due to the quality of the meat, the production method and the drying time. It is also relatively rare and expensive due to low production and high demand.

In conclusion, Lomo Bellota is a high quality Spanish cured ham, produced from Iberian breed pigs fed with acorns and dried for several months. Its firm texture and complex flavor make it a food of choice for charcuterie lovers. If you are lucky enough to find some, don't hesitate to taste it!

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