The Savory Spanish Ham
You may find that this Spanish ham magnet will make itself at home right in your kitchen without a problem. Although it may seem like a very simple souvenir to remind yourself of a full blown culture, it is really a starting point to contemplate the lives and traditions that have endured the long course of numerous human and natural events.
In a way, this souvenir from Spain speaks to our more basal selves and shows us that we have much in common as people who wouldn't mind having a slice, or two, of a delicious, savory Spanish ham. These types of magnets are quite popular as they invite the viewer to think of Spain on a very personal level.
The Spanish Ham in Details
The Spanish Ham comes in many varieties to suit the different tastes of the Spanish and the foreign connoisseur. These variations are related to the kind of food the pigs are fed with. For example, the Iberian Ham of Bellota comes from pigs fed with acorn. The Iberian Ham of Recebo involve pigs that eat not only acorn but also other cereals. Meanwhile, others prefer the plainly called Iberian Ham as it comes from pigs fed with grains.
The Pata Negra, which is another name for the Spanish Ham, is a national product which is difficult to find in foreign countries. It is usually very expensive as it not only involves a certain variety of pig, the one with black legs, but also pigs being fed with this kind of grains. This hams usually don't bear large quantities of fat. However, the jamon Serrano, another kind of ham not part of the pata negra family, bears too much fat and it is not healthy specially if having a heart condition. All in all, this is a great travel souvenir to give a friend that really cherishes good ham.