Fermin Iberico Bellota Bacon: Buy Fermin Iberico Bellota Bacon Online at igourmet.com

Size: 8 ounces
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Fermin Iberico Bellota Bacon
The first Iberico Bellota Bacon in the world! Fermin takes Iberico pork bellies to make this melt-in-your-mouth bacon, then cold smokes them over hickory wood. Thick cut, this bacon should be cooked slowly, this is not your regular American thick slab bacon. The intense pork flavor with it's wonderful smokiness makes this unique bacon perfect for the ultimate BLT, salads, or use in cooking by adding to your favorite recipes as you would a pancetta. Save the rich, smokey bacon grease for future dishes.

Located in picturesque La Alberca, one of the oldest rural villages in Spain, Fermín has been raising and bringing to market the highest quality pork, Ibérico de Bellota, since it was founded by the Martín family in 1956. Today, Fermín remains a family-run business and is the leader in Ibérico de Bellota husbandry and production and is the first producer in Spain to receive USDA approval.

Known as Pata Negra or Black Hoof, the Ibérico pig, is a descendant of the wild boar that once inhabited the Mediterranean forests. The last free ranging and grazing pigs in Europe, the Ibérico pigs are an integral piece of an ecosystem that exists today solely in the dehesa, the cultivated holm oak and cork forest of western Spain.

During the fattening season or montañera, Ibérico pigs feast almost exclusively on fallen acorns (known as bellota) and wild herbs. This entirely natural diet and the exclusive ability of the Ibérico pig to store large fatty deposits, which filter throughout the muscle mass liberally marbling the meat in appearance, give it the incomparable tenderness, taste, and texture that make Ibérico de Bellota the best pork in its class.

Because of the Ibérico pig’s acorn and natural diet and its unique ability to process and store fat, Ibérico de Bellota ham contains over 70% monounsaturated fat - making it high in "good cholesterol" or HDLs. High levels of "good cholesterol" have been linked to a decreased risk of heart disease.