What is Prosciutto?

You’ve been eating it for years and have always enjoy that sweet, soft, buttery goodness. But, what is prosciutto exactly?

Prosciutto, which translates to “ham” in Italian, is made only from the hind legs of pigs and is aged during a dry-curing process. There are typically two types of prosciutto: prosciutto cotto, which is cooked, and prosciutto crudo, which is uncooked and is most popular to enjoy on its own, wrapped around fruit or used on charcuterie boards.

What Makes Prosciutto Different?
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Production and the Curing Process

Prosciutto di Parma renders a remarkable reputation and nuance of flavor, which is why the product is so highly regarded. It is 100% natural and contains no additives, preservatives or hormones. Learn more about the curing process.

History of Prosciutto di Parma

The history of Prosciutto di Parma dates back to ancient Roman times when Cato the “Censor” first mentioned the extraordinary flavor of the air-cured ham made around the town of Parma in Italy; the legs were left to dry, greased with a little oil and could age without spoiling, leading to a tasty meat with a pleasant flavor. The famous Italian ham even makes a cameo in the world’s first mock heroic poem by Alessandro Tassoni, La secchia rapita, published in 1622.

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About the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma

Learn why Prosciutto di Parma is the best choice for Italian ham and beyond.

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