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Dec 12, 2007 06:52 AM

Question about French ham

When were in Paris this year we stopped at a small bistro and I ordered a "Farmer's Sandwich", which had the best ham I've ever eaten. Just wondering if anyone knows if it's possible to get that ham in the US, particularly on the East Coast.

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  1. ChefJune must know, but I suspect that the FDA won't let you import that kind of thing (I know Bellota is outlawed).

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    1. re: souphie

      I had some bellota at Jaleo in Washington, DC. Chef Jose Andres is part owner of a concern in Spain that raises the pigs. In addition, I believe one can order an entire ham from the US online, but not in smaller quantity.

      From thw limited information provided by the OP, there is no telling where the product came form.

    2. Fellow posters might be able to help if you can give more information about the ham you ate. It might not be produce in France. Imports are widely used and right now, Spanish jamon are all the rage in Paris.

      1. The ham you are likely referring to is called Jambon de Bayonne, and it is from the Basque region. VERY yummy. You should be able to get it at some specialty markets in New York and even Boston.... try googling it, and see what happens.

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        1. re: ChefJune

          Was it? Usually "Jambon fermier" is a cooked ham rather than raw. While raw hams definitely have Spain leading the market, I don't know whether that is the case with cooked hams.

          So was it a cooked, pink ham or a raw, red, prosciutto like ham?

          1. re: souphie

            Jambon de Bayonne is a cooked ham.

            1. re: souphie

              Jambon de Bayonne is a dry-cured ham and like prosciutto, can be eaten without further cooking. Other parts of France such as the Auvergne and Ardennes produce a similar ham. It is currently illegal to import it to the United States. One may find a domestic produced "Bayonne" style ham in the US. The Spanish Jamon Iberico just recently passed US inspection will be available beginning next year.

            2. re: ChefJune

              Googled it and found -
              Doesn't look like the ham I had in Paris. However, happened to be at Wegman's yesterday and found a Canadian produced "French Ham" that I bought. Haven't tried it yet so I don't know if it's close or not.

              1. re: bucksguy14

                Got a catalog from Williams Sonoma yesterday. They have Jambon Bayonne in it, which is a raw cured ham.

                1. re: f2dat06

                  They're selling D’Artagnan's product that I referenced in a previous post with a link to D'Artagnan's website.

            3. Kinda late in the game here, but you might want to check out The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills. They have a great french ham.

              1. Did it have any green stuff in it? Could it have been jambon persille from Burgundy?

                You can get a bunch of different spanish jamon from La Tienda online.