The Extremadura pasture is a sustainable ecosystem unique in Europe. One million hectares, where holm oaks, meadows and cork oaks are the dominant flora, and in terms of fauna, the Iberian pig is king. There, in Jerez de Los Caballeros, Montesano is the reference in the production of hams, loins, and sausages from 100% Iberian pigs, reared on acorns and under the prestigious denomination of Origin Dehesa de Extremadura.
Montesano, faithful to tradition and with the help of the most advanced technologies, has created a circle of quality that begins in the Montesano breeding and selection farms, where a genetic trunk of 100% Iberian pigs gives rise to perfect animals. They are born and live very well cared for. From 18 to 24 months running, bathing, feeding only on fresh natural products, and living in complete freedom. Healthy, well-bred, stylish and well-shaped. Half a year in the Montesano mountain pastures, where they feed on acorns, between 12 and 15 kilos a day, to reach a weight of 180 kilos. Halfway through the winter, the production of these prized delicacies begins in Montesano and, in some cases, lasts around five years.
This is the case with Montesano hams and shoulder hams from 100% Iberian pigs, reared on acorns and under the auspices of the Dehesa de Extremadura Designation of Origin, those with the black seal as required by law! The master craftsmen of Montesano will begin to prepare hams and shoulders. V-shaped, characteristic of Spanish ham, polished and salted, as salt will be the only preservative used. This is how it is done for a while. Afterward, controlled drying rooms where time, temperature and humidity will do their job for three months. After these three months, they go to the natural drying sheds. A work of opening and closing windows to the air of the mountains.
Then they go to the natural cellars, where the climatic conditions and the absence of light will give them their character, smell, flavour and colour. And also health, as we are dealing with heart-healthy foodstuffs. The high levels of fatty oleic acids help to correct and control cholesterol and provide a high vitamin E content to fight against aging. These are the hams and shoulders of 100% Iberian pork from Montesano, reared on acorns and with the Dehesa de Extremadura designation of origin.
At the end, the tastings of the ham master will decide if they are ready to be sold in pieces or if they are sent to the boning room or go on to be sliced by knife by master cutters. The artisans at Montesano will also prepare loins, ''morcones'', ''chorizos'', Iberian spicy sausages and ''lomitos'' with equal care from the most select lean cuts of 100% Iberian pigs raised on acorns for Montesano.
At Montesano, faithful to tradition, to a perfect genetic selection, fresh pastures, acorns and water, mountain air and sensitivity, they work the miracle of these foods that are ambassadors of Spain and Extremadura all over the world. Hams and shoulders, loins and tenderloins, chorizos, salchichones and morcones from Montesano, made from 100% Iberian pigs, reared on acorns and protected by the Dehesa de Extremadura DO. Montesano, the cult of the Iberian pig!"