Everything You Want To Know About Prosciutto- Sorrento Food Tours
Everything You Want To Know About Prosciutto
Prosciutto: A Delicious Slice of Italian History and a Modern Delicacy
While Italy is well-known for its cuisine, one of the most treasured items you’ll taste
during your visit is prosciutto. This cured ham dates back to pre-Roman times. Thanks
to the Celtic people in northern Italy’s San Daniele, these meats were cured with salt. In
Parma, the peasants kept up this practice.
Today, this traditional curing process is akin to a work of art, creating thin slices of
melt-in-your-mouth meat unlike anything else.
The Making of Prosciutto
In Parma, the pigs used to make prosciutto must be bred in one of the specific 10
northern and central Italian regions. The Large White, Duroc, and Landrace breeds of
pigs are the only ones that are permitted to be used for this extensive process.
It begins with drawing the moisture out of the meat. Salt is used to cover and press the
legs to get rid of the excess moisture. Several months pass before the salt is rinsed away
and the meat is hung to dry. It gradually becomes darker and harder before being
smeared with a mixture called ‘sugna,’ composed of rice flour, salt, and pork fat.
With this region in particular, the microclimate creates the perfect environment for the
drying of the ham. The air from the coast blows across the countryside, crossing the
Apennines, carrying it with it the aromatics of the vegetation it passes through, giving it
a distinctive sweetness unlike anything else in the world. As the meat cures, it may
remain in this way for one to two years.
Where the Best Prosciutto is Made in Italy
There are two cities that are best known for prosciutto. Parma in Emilia-Romagna and
San Daniele in Friuli-Venezia Giulia uphold this reputation because the process of
curing prosciutto has been a going on for a long time there.
While visiting Italy, you’ll see plenty of prosciutto for sale. It’s important to find the ones
that have a D.O.P seal Denominazione di Origine Protetta – P.D.O Protected Designations of Origin stamp on them. This
ensures the standard for making prosciutto has been followed as per tradition. It also
guarantees that the meat you’re enjoying is made from healthy pigs and isn’t cured with
Best Place to Try Prosciutto
There is nothing quite like getting a slice of prosciutto to taste right from the leg itself. In
this way, it is at its prime. You can have it sliced thin or thick as per your taste, though
with thin slices, they seem to melt with an exquisite flavor and texture on your palate,
allowing you to get the full spectrum of that complex contrast in sweet and salty tastes.
Want to taste prosciutto the way the Italians enjoy this delicate meat daily? The
Sorrento Food Tour & Limoncello Experience is the ultimate way to do so.
There are never-ending ways to eat prosciutto crudo, by itself or part of tagliere – a charcuterie board,
draped across a Neapolitan pizza hot out of the over and last but not least, in a Campania region speciality the saltimbocca.
Once you taste the best prosciutto panino- saltimbocca ever, you’ll be a fan for life.
You’ll be treated to an Italian food walking tour that takes you all the way with tastings of
authentic specialties. Sign up for the tour to enjoy true prosciutto
along with other wonderful Italian delights!