CINCO JOTAS, SPAIN´S GASTRONOMIC TREASURE
Founded in 1879, Cinco Jotas is the legendary brand that produces the most exclusive 100% acorn-fed ibérico ham in the world. All Cinco Jotas livestock belong to the 100% ibérico breed, unique in the world and indigenous to the Iberian Peninsula. The Iberian-native pigs are raised free range in the hundred-year-old dehesas (meadows), a natural place of beauty with holm, cork and gall oak trees where they feed on acorns, roots and herbs.
Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, the natural park where Jabugo is located boasts a unique microclimate to create this extraordinary product and is known for its age-old traditions of ham curing.
Since 1879, the production process has benefitted from the attentive oversight of our “masters”, with our artisanal secrets passed down from generation to generation to create a product that respects the local culture and the artisanal process.
A Cinco Jotas ham is a masterpiece of gastronomic art and a 21st century gourmet icon. Its production requires patience, experience and – above all – time. Cinco Jotas bodegas are natural curing cellars that allow for the slow and meticulous curing process, influenced by the rain and mountain breezes to create a work of nature with the passage of time. It takes between five and seven years to create a Cinco Jotas ham.
The acorn-fed 100% ibérico pure-bred pig has a real hidden treasure; a unique gene that allows the animal to infiltrate its fat in thin stripes inside its muscles and cells. Increasingly, scientists and nutrition experts highlight the benefits and advantages of the Mediterranean diet.
Nowadays, Cinco Jotas is an outstanding gourmet product and one of Spain´s National Treasures, sold in the most exclusive restaurants and gourmet shops in over 35 countries worldwide.