Cured ham

A millenarian secret

Let us tell you about how the earth, the climate and man’s passion for beautiful and natural things come together to create a unique product: Parma Ham. Our large range of Ferrarini PDO cured hams are aged in Lesignano de’ Bagni, situated on the banks of the Parma river, opposite Langhirano, a district renowned throughout the world for its Parma Ham.

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Facts about Ferrarini Cured ham 

Nutritional information

Parma Ham
Average Nutritional Values per 100 g
Energy Kcal 269
Energy Kj 1119
Protein g 26
Total fats g 18.3
Of which saturates g 6.1
Carbohydrates g 0
Of which sugars g 0
Salt g 4.4

Why is horse bone used to check the fragrance of the ham?

At the end of the curing process, we carry out a number of checks. To check the fragrance, a horse bone needle is stuck into various parts of the muscle. This material is chosen due to its ability to absorb the aroma of the product, but then return to normal very quickly, so when the needle is used later, on a different meat, it will only absorb the aroma of that meat. The needle is ‘smelt’ by experts trained to recognise and evaluate the meat’s aromatic qualities, in order to make sure the production process is going well and that the unique sweetness of this meat is preserved. (Link to the Parma Ham Consortium).

How should I store it in the fridge and for how long?

Cured ham sold in a plastic tray should not be wrapped in non-breathable films, which would prevent transpiration and accelerate microbial alterations, including the development of mould. Therefore, products should be kept in the fridge and consumed within 36-48 hours of opening. Slabs of ham should be kept wrapped in disposable paper or clean tea towels.

What is ’sugnatura’?

Sugnatura is a special process that involves softening the muscular layers on the surface of the product using fat, ensuring the outer layers do not dry too quickly compared to those inside, though still allowing the loss of moisture. The fat mixture used — the sugna — is not considered to be an ingredient by Italian legislation and is thus treated as a butchery product; it is completely natural and contains no preservatives.

Packaged Parma Ham

Ferrarini Parma Ham PDO can also be bought in handy plastic trays, allowing it to be served easily at the table for all the family to enjoy. The Ferrarini plastic trays help you maintain a healthy and balanced diet, at any time and in any place, thanks to their handy packaging which retains the nutritional value of the product for a long period of time.

100% natural!

The product is 100% Italian and 100% natural; perfect for a healthy and balanced diet.
The pig meat used is exclusively Italian. The skills of the professionals who salt the meat as well as the dry and delicate air in the area’s hills are the simple ingredients which create its unmistakeable sweetness and flavour.

What does ‘PDO’ mean?

The acronym PDO stands for Protected Designation of Origin, and indicates products intrinsically linked to the geographical area from which they take their name. They are characterised by very specific conditions: the production of raw materials and their transformation into the finished product must occur in the area from which they take their name, and the quality or characteristics of the product must be able to be traced back to the geographical area of origin, in terms of natural or human factors such as climate, soil quality and local expertise.

Where do the raw ingredients come from?

A very special variety of pig is chosen to produce Parma Ham. The pigs are born and raised in ten regions in central and northern Italy (Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Umbria, Marche, Lazio, Abruzzo and Molise). They are fed with quality food (sweet corn, barley and whey from the production of Parmigiano Reggiano PDO Parmesan cheese) and grow to a size of around 160 kg and an age of 9 months. All of these criteria must be met — as certified by documentation and a tattoo applied by the breeder — for the pig to be used in the production of Parma Ham. (Link to the Parma Ham Consortium).

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