When you taste the salty goodness of Spain’s Jamon Iberico, you get the feeling that hundreds of years of tradition are present in every bite. Spanish food has a way of conveying a rich history, making it unique and delicious.
A ham by any other name is simply not Jamon Iberico or Jamon Serrano. Because of the length of the curing process and the special acorn diet fed to the pigs, Spanish hams pack a punch of flavor rarely found. Enjoyed cold or hot, they are a powerhouse meal on their own, and paired with a Spanish cheese, some crusty bread and olive oil, they are elevated to the sublime.
Because Spain is almost completely surrounded by water, it boasts outstanding seafood, but Spanish hams, vegetables, fruits and olive oils are grown, cured and cultivated in the mountains, giving the cuisine a diversity that reflects the different cultures that have influenced it.
From the Greeks came the olive oil, from the Phoenicians, spices, but the biggest influence on Spanish cuisine is arguably the Moors. Their fruits, nuts, spices and meats combine to create what we consider “typical” Spanish food. Their influence cannot be overstated.
The wonderful small plates of food, known as Tapas, also have an interesting history. When bartenders covered drinks with small empty plates to protect the contents, they decided to start adding some spanish food to the plates to appeal to their drink customers. It worked, and today those little plates of food make for a special dining experience.
When you sit down to a Spanish meal, be prepared for intense bursts of flavor. But don’t be shy. Try everything. With all that Spain’s cuisine has to offer, you’ll be sure to leave the table satisfied.
Antonio Salto, Fine Taste Club | January 20, 2017
Co-Founder of Fine Taste Club LLC. E-Commerce international trade, gourmet foods & iconic products from around the globe delivered directly at your door.
A seasoned multicultural and International executive with 20+ years of experience with proven success as transformational IT leader for global organizations in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry.
Previous executive experiences include CIO roles for Mexico & Latin America, Global IT Director (60+ countries) for B2B & Master Data, North America IT Director of Integrated Supply Chain. Antonio was pioneer to introduce bar code, EDI, Efficient Consumer Response, Supply Chain optimization & e commerce standards and best practices in Latin America and has been board member of more than 15 Global Industry committees and advisory boards.
A passionate Diversity & Inclusive leader, Kraft Chairman of OLA! Kraft Organization of Latino Americans. Distinguished as Top 100 Most Influential and Notable Professionals in the IT Industry by HITEC (Hispanic IT Executive Council) 2014-2015.
Antonio was Director IT Integrated Supply Chain Operations for Kraft Foods. Responsible for end to end supply chain systems (SAP and other 160+ applications) including Procurement, Manufacturing (36 facilities), PLM Quality, distribution, transportation, demand planning, production supply & customer service.
Antonio was born in Mexico and is a permanent USA resident. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering (Universidad Anahuac), MBA (ITAM) and Executive Management Degree (IPADE). Antonio has an online certification in Integrated Supply Chain from Michigan State University