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Jamon Iberico

Can you get the famed Spanish ham in the BA?

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    1. The Spanish Table on San Pablo had some about a week ago. Call.

      Spanish Table
      1814 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

      1. greeting Whimzerd, you're probably aware of this, perhaps not, but 'jamon iberico' used unmodified is usually the most generic of the three types and the pigs are fed grain in a enclosure. The next grade higher is fed a mixture of grain and acorns, and the lowest production, highest cost variation are made from the foraging, acorn eating pigs. Very little of the latter, Jamon Iberico de Bellota, gets exported. Serrano ("mountain") ham has been available all along and is made from a more common white pig. salud!

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        1. re: moto

          As of 30 minutes ago the price on the "ordinary" was $30/4oz and the Bellota was $36.

          1. re: wolfe

            Village Imports has the whole legs (bone less) at ~$16/lb....

            1. re: Pollo

              If it is authentic that is a bargain, as in Mexico a bone-in leg of Pata Negra sells for USD $450... about $31 a pound. Hell, when I had just a few ounces of it at a Tapas Bar in Condesa... it set me back USD $20

                1. re: wolfe

                  The stuff Village Imports has is authentic but it is Jamon Serrano...not Pata Negra...still at these prices it's a deal....

          2. In a similar vein, does anyone know of a place in the Bay Area or on-line that imports the Portuguese homologue of the Spanish Jamon Iberico, Presunto Alantejo? It's smoked!

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            1. re: Ericruo

              Considering the hoops the importation of the Iberico had to go through I suspect the Portuguese homologue has the same problem. Perhaps Iberico's success will make it easier.

            2. Here is an interesting article in a recent Los Angeles Times. This appeared in the Friday food section.

              1. Just saw the Bellota at Dean and Deluca in St Helena. A bargain compared to the Spanish Table at only $150 per pound or $4-5 a slice.

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                1. re: wolfe

                  I thought you said Spanish Table had the Bellota for $36 / 4 oz. which would be $144 a pound?

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Yes but in a package only. This stuff at d and d was naked so you could, in fact, spend less. In any event I was being sarcastic even if my math sucks.

                  2. re: wolfe

                    Yeah, the top grade Jamon at Dean and Deluca is 60 bucks a pound. I've had one slice and it was very, very smooth. I would love to taste the 2000 dollar a leg Jamon that was announced last year (I can't remember the name) but it was some acorn fed variety from Spain.

                    1. re: P. Punko

                      I was there this morning and the sign on the bellota said $150/pound.

                  3. Jamon Iberico Bellota at Bi-Rite 10/7/08 ~$99 a pound with tastes offered.

                    Bi-Rite Market
                    3639 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                    1. The Cheese Shop at Polk and Pacific has been heralding on their outdoor chalkboard that they have it.

                      1. The Pasta Shop on 4th street in Berkeley has it normally for the last year or so.

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                        1. re: twocents

                          Himbeer and twocents, it wasn't so much having it but the price. Earlier this year Dean and Deluca and the Spanish Table had it at over $140 a pound. Bi-has it at a bargain price.

                        2. latienda.com is a good spanish products supplier, I have purchased from them before and they are pretty efficient and service oriented

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                          1. re: Leilasfo

                            However $34.50 for 4 oz package of Bellota plus shipping which requires additional charge for perishability.

                            1. re: wolfe

                              I saw some the other day at Market Hall in Oakland. I can't remember the price but it was hefty. More than $30/4 ozs. I was surprised to see that it's now legal. I'll have to read up on the other links.

                              I had it in Barcelona years ago - very good - but at the time it was illegal (but not impossible) to bring back into the country. The Dept of Ag has employed those very effective and very cute food-sniffing beagles to rummage through your things.