Valle de los Pedroches (Andalucia), Spain
Dehesa Cordobesa® Lomo de Bellota 100% Ibérico
Lomo is dry-cured pork loin with paprika on the rind and mixed into the grain of the meat, as is customary in Spain. Tender and lean, it is deep pink with a layer of fat around the perimeter, with a savory and nutty flavor and a hint of smoky spice. Our lomo is the only loin made from 100% Ibérico pig available on the U.S. market. 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 Lomo, 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.