Ten 'ham'-azing things you really need to know
The Local · 5 Mar 2015, 18:03
Published: 05 Mar 2015 18:03 GMT+01:00
Hog the limelight, ham it up or boar your companions senseless the next time you are being swined and dined, with The Local´s hamazing facts about jamon.
As any visitor to Spain will know, jamon is so admired that it is practically the de-facto national dish.
Whether you are served a few thin slices as a tapa alongside a lunch-time caña or choose to dig deep for a racion of the Gran Reserva Jamon Iberico de Bellota, there is no avoiding the porcine product.
So it's a not a bad idea to have some mighty swine facts to trotter out.
The Local brings you ten hamazing facts about jamón.
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