The world's most expensive ham goes on sale

275x250.jpgThe world's most expensive leg of ham has gone on sale in London -- for a whopping £1,800.

The 7kg Albarragena Jamon Iberico de Bellota Ham is so posh that it even comes with its own DNA certificate as proof of authenticity.

It is sold by Selfridges encased in a hand crafted beech wood box and even comes wrapped in cloth which doubles as an apron and is made by Spain's oldest tailor.

Experts say you're paying for the taste - a result of the pigs acorn diet and a three year curing process. But for that price it would have to be one hell of a ham and cheese cob.
275x250.jpgThird generation Iberico Pig farmer and curer Manuel Maldonado  only picks 50 pigs which are given their own mini ‘dehesa’ of ten hectares per pig, more than ten times the space given to ordinary Iberico pigs.

The pigs are then free to roam and forage in the semi wild pastures of Extramandura in western Spain, close to the Albarragena river.

Andrew Cavanna, Selfridges fresh food buyer added: "Connoisseurs will appreciate the melt-in-the-mouth texture of this truly amazing Spanish ham.  

"The leg may seem to have a large price tag but when you think about the amount of care taken from breeding right through to the curing, it is actually amazing value.  

"Every single gram will be savoured as one of life’s incredible gourmet luxuries."

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