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Old 08-20-2007, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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ALBURQUERQUE, Spain

Spanish cuisine tickles the palate in a thousand ways: ugly but delicious creatures called goose barnacles; boiled octopus with a dash of olive oil and paprika; thick, mushy sausage made from pig's blood.


Spaniards are nothing if not dedicated eaters.


Now, hard-core foodies are drooling over the prospect of something truly superlative from Spain, at least in price: a salt-cured ham costing about $2,100 per leg, or a cruel $160 per pound. It's a price believed to make it the most expensive ham in the world.


Don't grab your wallet just yet. And forget about asking for just a slice.


The 2006 Alba Quercus Reserve (as this pricey pork will be known) won't be available until late 2008 and you must buy the whole ham or nothing at all. But that hasn't dissuaded gastronomic Web sites and blogs from buzzing with talk of the farm where it is being produced, likening it to a Mount Olympus of pork.


Its mastermind, Manuel Maldonado, 44, comes from a long line of ham producers in a country that's nuts about the stuff. In bars and restaurants, legs of ham hanging from the wall are as common as TV sets.

World's Costliest Ham Triggers Pork Envy
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Old 08-22-2007, 04:25 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Spain does indeed produce some fabulous ham . I am a great fan of the Jamon Iberico , made from perhaps some of the happiest pigs on earth ! A little bit cheaper than the Alba Quercus reserve 2006 though !
I would love to try it I have to admit. Ham can be so utterly delicious and France, Italy and Spain really do make an art out of our porcine friends...
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