The Jabugo Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) is the name recognised by the European Union. It designates, protects and serves to certify the origin and quality of the hams and shoulders from Iberian pigs, reared and fattened free-range on the pasturelands and processed in the natural cellars of the towns of the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park.
The Regulatory Council, the administrative body of the Jabugo PDO, with its professional and highly experienced team, awards Jabugo PDO status.
Lope de Vega, the Spanish playwright and poet, referred to the processing of hams in the “famous Sierra de Aracena” in the sixteenth century.
And in 1772 the “Brotherhood of Butchers and Muleteers” in Cumbres Mayores, now known as the Brotherhood of San Antón Abad, carried out activities connected with the rearing and slaughter of pigs.
Cortegana has also been recognised for centuries for the quality of the hams processed by its small industries.
The first ham processing plant in Jabugo was founded in 1879. Ham production took off in the early twentieth century thanks to the development of the railways which led to commercial expansion into the mining area of Huelva, Seville and the province of Cádiz.
On 18 July 1995, the PDO status of Jamón de Huelva and its Regulatory Council was finally ratified by the Government of Spain.
The PDO status of Jabugo was finally registered by the Commission of the European Community on 27 January 1998.
The headquarters of the Regulatory Council is established in the iconic “Edificio del Tiro” building designed by the architect Anibal González, located in Jabugo (Huelva).
Iberian pigs are fattened in the dehesas -wooded pastures of holm, cork and gall oak trees- in the provinces of Badajoz and Caceres in Extremadura, and Cordoba, Huelva, Seville, Cadiz and Huelva in Andalusia.
The prerequisite for producing a top quality Jabugo is the raw material, the Iberian pig itself. Another determining and unique factor is the pasturelands, the natural environment where the pigs are reared free-range and where they forage exclusively on natural resources such as acorns, grass, roots, shoots and mushrooms. The final critical element for the Iberian pig is the total freedom it enjoys, a lifestyle that uniquely determines the extraordinary quality of our Jabugo.
The production area is made up of 31 towns and villages of the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park, the most important of which are Aracena, Aroche, Corteconcepción, Cortegana, Cumbres Mayores, Jabugo and Santa Olalla del Cala. It is here in the pasturelands of the Sierra Morena hills, declared as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, that our ham curing cellars can be found.
Here, where the average height above sea level is 572m and the annual rainfall is 1,048mm, the drying and curing conditions are totally natural, without processes programmed by man. Only the passage of time and the spectacular microclimate of our Sierra, a privileged place on our planet, dictate the process which leads to the creation of this gastronomic treasure: Jabugo.
The model for the certification of origin and quality of the Jabugo PDO is designed to transmit accurate information to consumers through bands which accompany our protected products.
The comprehensive quality control established by the Jabugo PDO begins with the identification and individual control of pigs in the pasture, and continues with the identification and control of the pieces in the slaughterhouses, drying rooms and cellars. Once the processes of control and traceability have been carried out, identification bands specifying the final quality grade are issued.
As a Protected Designation of Origin, we only certify products using our own unique quality grades.
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21290 JABUGO (Huelva)