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Feb 26, 2008 02:44 PM

Jamon Iberico in SD?

I've been reading the post on the LA board about the availability of imported Spanish ham there.

Is there a San Diego source for this? Also, is/are there a market/s that offers a selection of Spanish products?

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  1. I'm going to need verification from other 'Hounds, but I was pretty sure I heard something about jamon iberico being sold at Pata Negra, the shop next to Costa Brava in PB.

    Pata Negra
    1657 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

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    1. re: geekyfoodie

      Pata Negra has a number of different kinds of Jamon. I can't remember offhand if they have Iberico, though. They also have a selection of other Spanish products.

      1. re: geekyfoodie

        I'd be ecstatic if Pata Negra carries Jamon Serrano. I'd resorted to buying it off the internet from Citarella and iGourmet.

        Pata Negra means "black leg" in Spanish and Jamon Iberico comes from black pigs so it'd make sense if they carry Jamon Iberico. Furthermore, according to Wikipedia: "In Spain [Pata Negra] is also known as "Jamón Iberico de Bellota" or "Jamón Iberico de Montanera"." Looks like I'm making a trip there once Lent ends.

        1. re: DougOLis

          If you're going the internet route, then I think La Tienda or Spanish Table would be the best bets. Both are extremely good and very reliable. I've never been disappointed with any of the products I've purchased from them. Love the Spanish olive oils available from La Tienda.

          1. re: DiningDiva

            It looks like I was mixing up Jamon Serrano and Jamon Iberico.

            According to NPR and La Tienda's website, Jamon Iberico wasn't available in the United States until just recently. Since December you've been able to purchase Jamon Iberico from their website, and starting in July they'll have Jamon Iberico de Bellota for the first time in the U.S. Previously no Spanish suppliers were able to meet customs regulations for Jamon Iberico but Fermin Ham just made it up to standards.

            I saw on another blog that some guy in Virginia is trying to mimic the taste of Jamon Iberico.

        2. re: geekyfoodie

          I have always gotten it through here:

          Excellent quality, I can vouch for it.

          I believe restaurants in San Diego and LA use it as well.

        3. I asked at pata negra and despite the name of their store they don't have it. I spoke to the La Espanola representative at The Fancy Food show - they have a partnership to carry it. Try their site.

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          1. re: kare_raisu

            I got to try some of this incredible ham, excuse me, jamon, at the Fancy food show that was here is SD recently. It was like butter....thay had a guy that carves the jamon at El Bulli there. It is really expensive, but worth the cost if you are really into jamon like myself. Some LA suppliers are starting to bring it down to SD so you can probably start to see it pop up at some of the nicer restaurants in town.

          2. Is it ok to buy it sliced? Will it lose much of the flavor or tenderness? I'm afraid that if I buy one bone in (or boneless hunk) I won't be able to slice it as papery thin. I also don't know how I'd store a giant leg.

            1. Costa Brava's website says they're now serving Jamon Iberico.


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              1. Pata Negra does have Jamon Iberico de Bellota now. Something like $115/lb.