10 September 2009
White Dots in Spanish Ham.
The white dots or "flecks" you can sometimes see in Serrano or Iberico hams are a build of harmless amino acids. Many experts in Spain actually regard the presence of these white flecks as a sign of excellent quality and curing. Again, harmless these white dots form as a result of oxidation which tends to take place in the latter stages of curing. It is widely believed that Iberico hams are more likely to have this trait but Spanish Serrano hams are just as likely.
So! When you slice into your next Spanish ham and have not seen this before then rest assured you have a ham of exceptional quality and curing.
For more information on this and other facts on Spanish hams pop into your "HAM FACTS - GUIDE TO SERRANO HAM" page.