Cinco Jotas (5J), Jamón de bellota

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100% Black iberian (pata negra) pure-bred pigs, free-range, cured for 36+ months
Diet of acorns and other wild plants
Weight: 7 - 7,5kg

Cinco Jotas (5J) is the unquestioned standard-bearer of Spanish gastronomy. Known unabashedly as "the finest ham in the world", these limited-production hams are so sought after that distributors must reserve and pay for them 2-3 years in advance.

What makes 5J hams special?

Sánchez Romero Carvajal has been producing Cinco Jotas Iberian Acorn Ham in Jabugo for over a hundred years, since 1879. One of the company's goals (some would say obsessions) has been to preserve the purity of the species- Cinco Jotas pigs are 100% pure Iberian, descended directly from the prehistoric Mediterranean boar. Almost all other ham producers use cross-bred pigs of strains of up to 15% English, as English pigs weigh more and produce more offspring.

The incomparable taste and quality of this Pure Iberian ham is largely due to this attention to genetic selection, which undergoes strict quality control to guarantee and safeguard the purity of this inimitable breed worldwide.

The long curing process of 5 Jotas Jabugo Ham lasts 18-36 months (normally two years) and takes place in the natural cold environment of Sierra de Aracena outside the town of Jabugo. Jabugo’s special microclimate and vast pastures make it the perfect environment to rear pure Iberian pigs and produce perfect pata negra ham.

The Maestro Jamonero or Master Ham Craftsman supervises each stage in the artisan production of Cinco Jotas ham, watching over it for days, months and even years with a critical eye, to achieve true "5J” quality. Once the hams have been cured, they go through a rigorous selection process to ensure that only the best pieces, which reach the most exquisite organoleptic standards and which offer unrivaled quality, are selected.

5J Ham has a lingering aroma and an incomparable taste and bouquet. When sliced, it has a uniform colour with myriad shiny streaks of accumulated fat. It is the most appreciated Spanish ham in the world.

Cinco Jotas ham can be tasted in fine restaurants called Mesones 5J, which can be found in the most important Spanish cities: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Jabugo, and at Harrod's in London (bring lots of money). Thankfully, you can also buy it from Hamlovers! Please allow one extra day for delivery for Cinco Jotas hams.

 

“5J is the best, believe me, I am Spanish and this is the one you dream your boss will give you at Christmas time.”

–Mrs Isabella Martinez, Shropshire, United Kingdom
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