The microclimate of Italy's San Daniele del Friuli is a key and irreplaceable element of prosciutto's amazing taste. The cold air coming from the foothills of the Alps clashes against the hot streams of the Adriatic Sea, thus creating climate conditions that are extremely favorable for ageing processes. Only the legs that pass the rigid quality control of Principe (more than 15% are discarded at their arrival in the Company's factory) are branded and destined to the production of San Daniele Prosciutto. The salting of San Daniele Products follows a procedure called "full salting": the leg is entirely covered with sea salt and is left for about a week in low-temperature cells. At the end of this stage, hams are "brushed" to eliminate external salt, they are trimmed with a knife and hung for a period of 100-105 days. At this moment the slow and progressive ageing process begins, lasting at least six months. Only the hams that pass the rigid controls will display the indelible brand of San Daniele D.O.P.
The very latest line of Pricipe's sliced meats comes in an eye-catching, practical packaging: the Principe Ovals. The structure of the container – featuring a distinctive oval shape – consists of an extractable tray (patented design) that eliminates the need to transfer the slices to a serving tray so it can be taken straight to the table. The slices are laid out as you would expect from the delicatessen, coming apart effortlessly at the moment of consumption. To safeguard the quality of the product, Principe's ready-sliced products are rigorously packaged in a protective atmosphere. Sealed trays undergo a total removal of oxygen, which is replaced with a mixture of inert gases allowing the product to maintain its freshness and smell naturally and for a longer time.