An exclusive delicacy
The name Pata Negra ham is reserved exclusively for the hams of purebred Ibérico pigs. Only these hams (100% raza ibérica) are allowed to use the magical name "pata negra" (black feet). Pata Negra hams (purebred) are also always Bellota hams. The pigs of this acorn ham move freely in the nutrient-rich and vast cork oak forests of Spain and feed in the wild on what the forest meadows have to offer. The jamón ibérico de bellota (100% Raza Ibérica) is the most precious and demanding of the Spanish hams and has an intense and complex taste.
Jamon Pata Negra: the best Iberico ham
Just a small piece of the very best Pata Negra Iberico Ham is an easy way to fall in love with Spanish ham. It has an intense nutty flavor and a delicate soft texture; the ham melts in your mouth. The fat of the Pata Negra ham has a soft milky texture that contrasts perfectly with the flavorful meat. This texture and aroma are created by the diet and long, careful production of the Iberian pig. The craft of Iberian Ham is steeped in history, tradition and love and you can taste it in the Pata Negra.
'Pata Negra' literally translates to 'Black Leg' in Dutch, which refers to the black hoof of the also black Iberico pig. The term can also refer to all Iberico Ham, but specifically it refers to this Black Label - 100% Iberico Bellota Ham. The pigs' diet consists mainly of acorns that they find in the wild. The free-range pig gets a lot of exercise. The generous portion of exercise ensures that the fat of the pig infiltrates into the muscle. A unique characteristic that is attributed to the Iberian pig and ensures the particularly rich taste.
Pata Negra Ham is more often referred to as 'Bellota Ham'. The word 'bellota' in Spanish means 'acorn', which directly refers to the diet of the Iberian pig.
The best way to eat Pata Negra Ham is loose and pure without the addition of other products. Make sure that the jamon is slightly warmer than room temperature before you eat it, for example by holding it under a lukewarm tap (if properly packaged). The texture should be soft and sweaty. This ensures that all the fat and flavors run freely through the ham.
Buy Pata Negra ham at Iberico Fino
Pata Negra Ham is an exquisite deli experience that you must try at least once in your life. We have a hand-picked selection of some of the best Pata Negra Ham for sale that comes directly from artisanal producers in Spain. All Pata Negra Jamon we offer is completely free range and organically produced from pigs with the highest standard of living; after all, that makes the difference in taste.
You can order our Pata Negra hand cut (by specialist cutters) or as a whole Jamon.