La Boqueria, Barcelona, Spain
|There are numerous stands that sell various types of hams including the world famous Jamón ibérico (Iberian ham) also called pata negra.|
Types of Iberico Hams also referred to as Pata Negra (Black Hoof)
1) The finest jamón ibérico is called jamón ibérico de bellota (acorn) which is is from free-range pigs that roam oak forests (called la dehesa) along the border between Spain and Portugal, and eat only acorns during this last period. This ham is also called Jamón Iberico de Montanera. The ham is cured 36 months. Bellota jamones are prized both for their smooth texture and rich savory taste.
NOTE: Because of the pig's diet of acorns, much of the jamón's fat is oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol. The fat content is relatively high compared to jamón serrano, thus giving a rich taste.
2) Jamón ibérico -- also called jamón ibérico de recebo. This ham is from pigs that are pastured and fed a combination of acorns and grain. *
3)Jamón ibérico also called jamón ibérico de pienso, or simply, jamón ibérico. This ham is from pigs that are fed only grain. The ham is cured for 24 months.
|A wide arrangement of fish so fresh many are in Rigor Mortis.. get there early and the fish are just hours out of the water.|
|Squid -- Baby Squid know as Boquerones, Razor Clams and Barnacles|
|Bacaloa or salt cod fish is widely found on most menus and is the specialty at several stands at the Boqueria.|
|A very sweet and delicate bivalved mollusk called “tellines”|
|El Quim del La Boqueria is a food stand within the market. Try the specialty -- Fried Egg with Boquerones -- a pricey but excellent breakfast dish enough to split between two.|
|Bar Pinotxo is another excellent eatery where people line up behind stools waiting to be served.|