Valle de los Pedroches (Andalucia), Spain
Dehesa Cordobesa® Cabecero de Bellota 100% Ibérico
Cabecero is the cured top loin of the Ibérico pig, which is flavored with paprika as is customary in Spain. The only purebred top loin of its kind in the U.S., Cabecero is extremely tender and flavorful. All Dehesa Cordobesa® products are “de Bellota 100% Ibérico,” meaning they come from 100% purebred, acorn-fed Ibérico pigs. This is the highest possible classification of Ibérico meat, and is quite rare. Much more common are several lower quality categories that are still classified as Ibérico, but are non-free-range (Cebo) or only 50%/75% Ibérico. For this Cabecero, the pigs spend their last 3-4 months eating acorns until they reach the correct weight for slaughter. They roam freely within the nearly 1 million acres of dehesa (oak forest) in the Valle de Pedroches in Córdoba. This dehesa is notable for its Encina Oak trees, which produce acorns considered to be the sweetest in Spain, giving the meat its unparalleled sweet and savory flavor.