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Pork deluxe.
The Iberian Pork of Extremadura
The best ham in the world, the Pata Negra, comes from the Iberian Pork. Although they are very precious, the small black pigs are not barricaded in buildings as livestock and shepherded all day, but rather live carefree and pasture in holm oak forests - and of course eat acorns that give them that unique savour.
When driving out of the city and entering the countryside or undertaking a walking tour, you will see herds of small black pigs. This breed is older than the European species and is accustomed to living outdoors. The Iberian pig lives in Extremadura in holm and cork oak forests and feeds on their fruits in what is an interaction between the 2,000-year-old natural resources of the country, namely the Dehesa and the Iberian pig. The Dehesa makes up more than one million hectares in Extremadura, and the western border region consists of half the whole Spanish Dehesa. A quarter of the total area the self-governed region is covered by holm and cork oak forests. Although the Dehesa looks like a virgin landscape it was generated by human action, for about 4,000 years ago Iberian tribes started clearing forest areas in the view today in Monfragüe’s National Park, making way for extensive pasture farming. In the cleared areas they planted holms, whose fruit happened to be the perfect food for the pigs. The Dehesa represents an ecosystem that is unique worldwide, and this is not only because of its age. A study dating back to the 1980´s showed that in addition to holms oaks there are another 45 plant species such as bluebells and iris. The Dehesa is also the home of a dozen singing bird species like squills, bustards, little owls and storks

Acorns and herbs that are the main nourishment of the Iberian pig guarantee the unique flavour and the superior quality of the Jamón ibérico. The ham of Extremadura is one of the best in the world and has won all the top awards. It is known as Pata Negra in Spain. Extremadura’s government had the “Dehesa de Extremadura” trademarked by the European Union in order to control the high quality standards and to prevent it from being counterfeited. Of the best quality are the pigs that feed on acorns and herbs from the Dehesa and only live outdoors from October to April. Many visitors to Extremadura are willing to learn the Iberian way of breeding pigs in one of the villages around Jerez de los Caballeros in the southern outskirts of Extremadura. Big pig breeding industries are established there and you can see delectable legs of pork hanging even in Bodegas. You also see them dangling behind many of Zafra’s butcher shop windows. The butchers are pleased to explain to guests all about pig breeding, to let them have a taste and give recipes. Actually, the Cerdo ibérico can be eaten not only with white bread but also in many different ways, for instance as Tapas, with salads and with fry-ups. Some restaurants propose “Vieiras con Jamón”, which is wrapped, seared slices of ham. It is served with salad and Guadiana’s red wine. A very good recipe for you to copy.

Things to do before you travel to Spain
Extremadura’s Highlights| Art, Culture and popular Feats | Need a little bit Nature' | Extremadura’s Past | Extremadura, a country of savourers
A gift from the Gods The ancient Roman world in Extremadura | DThe vultures of Salto del Gitano. Natural and National Parks in Extremadura | Slowing down one’s Life The Felicity of Pilgrimage on the Silver Way through Extremadura | Guadiana’s good Wines Extremadura’s Wines and Gastronomy | What happens in Merida and Caceres, stays in Merida and Caceres Feasts and Festivals in Extremadura | Speaking like an Extremenian Spanish Courses in Extremadura | Putting near an Oak Tree Golf Courses and Wellness Offers in Extremadura | Over Hill and Dale. Hiking and Cycling in Extremadura | Flying through the air Ornithology in Extremadura | On the Fishing Path Angling in Extremadura | Canoeing in the town Rivers, Extremadura’s living arms | Palaces and pilgrim hostels Accommodation facilities in Extremadura | Farmers and Saints Religious tradition in Extremadura | Pork deluxe. The Iberian Pork of Extremadura | Do you know a better place to visit' Caceres has applied to be Europe’s Capital of Culture. | More than a word Sustainability and sustainable policy in Extremadura | The same sun is shining over all of us The odd fate of the small village Granadilla | They just call it “the line” Historical facts about the borderland between Spain and Portugal | Wandering through the Passage of Life The last Way of Emperor Charles V | The true life of the sword bearers Orders of knights in Extremadura | Jewish heritage must be preserved: Spanish Inquisition and its impact in Extremadura | The right behaviour in time of crisis. Learning from the Tartessos of Cancho Roano | Blossomy Treasures. Orchids in Extremadura. | The Wonder of Almendralejo Travelling Extremadura along the “wine trail” | Still moving Cheese and Sheep from Extremadura | Facing the enemies Castle complexes in Extremadura | The Holy Place of GuadalupeThe Monastery of Guadalupe and the Miraculous Image of the Virgin Mary | The short Trial between Jesus and Pilate Museums in Extremadura | Straightforward across the steppe Motorbiking in Extremadura | Exhibition instead of Defence Extremadura’s Congress Centres in Badajoz and Merida Exploring Extremadura, Spain
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