The best way to enjoy Jamon Serrano is freshly sliced. A perfect foundation for parties or family gatherings, our signature Somalo Serrano Gran Reserva Ham provides one of the most traditional tastes of Spain at your fingertips for everyday cooking or entertaining.
This delicious serrano ham will quickly find a home on the counter top of your kitchen where it will stay fresh for weeks while you slice off savoury goodness. Why not make this whole leg of Serrano ham the festive main centre piece of a meal, showcase it at parties for your guests to indulge in at their leisure, or add to soups and stews and other dishes.
Jamon Serrano literally means mountain ham in Spanish and, of all the hams available in the UK, our Somalo Serrano Gran Reserva Hams are the most authentic from this standpoint. Each ham is hung to dry in the cool, clean mountain air where it ages for up to 15 months. The curing process of Somalo Jamon Serrano is completely traditional. During the curing process, the jamon undergoes a tasty transition as it sheds 20 to 40 percent of its weight as the fat melts away and complex flavours and mild saltiness develops.
This Jamon Serrano comes from animals that were born in the region of Sierra de la Demanda, a mountain sub-range that runs through the provinces of Burgos and La Rioja. They were raised humanely in the mountains, and spent much of their lives outdoors on Spanish pasture land. That's why our Serrano ham has ETG accreditation for Guaranteed Traditional Speciality. All pigs are 100% Spanish Duroc from farms that are selected for their quality. Our supplier Martinez Somalo are also a member of the Consorcio del Jamon Serrano Espanol, a regulatory body who provides the seal of quality to all our serrano hams.
Because whole hams continue to cure until you cut into them, you can hang it for up to 12 months before its first use, where it will only get better with time.
Serrano is the most enjoyed ham in Spain, found at restaurants and family dinner tables across the country. You will be impressed with each succulent bite. We tasted hams from across Spain and chose this Serrano Ham to represent Grey's Fine Foods and after one mouthful you will understand why.
At Basco each ham we send is accompanied by care and handling instructions as well as ham carving tips. A Ham Holder Stand
and Ham Carving Knife
are necessary accessories in order to carve Spanish ham properly.
Store your ham in a cool, dry place. No cooking required. Average Weight 7-8Kg.
Martinez Somalo (La Rioja)
Martinez Somalo was founded in 1901 by Don Jose Martinez Campo. Don Jose was part of a large family and several siblings were dedicated to the manufacturing and sale of meat products. At that time products derived from the pork raw material and Don Jose would trade them in his hometown and closest villages. The processing plant was called “La Gloria Riojana”.
La Gloria Riojana was at that time a small manufacturing plant located in Baños de Rio Tobia (La Rioja), where the company is located at the moment. The own characteristics of the Baños de Rio Tobia village, at 600 meters above sea level, located in the valley of the river Najerilla and surrounded by mountains, allowed cold winters, hot summers and springs and mild autumns, which created the perfect micro climate that would favour the elaboration and drying of pork derived products.
Since May 2011, the company is being managed by the fourth family generation, maintaining the family spirit, but with the support of valuable and reliable professionals in management positions. Martinez Somalo is a company committed to people, to the village, where it is located, Baños de Rio Tobia and its region. A company characterised for its great respect to every employee, customers and suppliers. It is also a respected company, with social responsibility and aware that its obligation is to generate wealth and employment.