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With only a few days to go to enjoy FISAN 2017 Campaign Acorn-Fed Sausage Meats, with this blog we would like to remind you the words that mark the tempo each year in the world of Ibérico products. The importance of these terms is equivalent to the denominations used in the world of wine (crop, crianza, reserva, year,…) All of these words allow us to be aware of the good traits of a product by way of its denomination, hence clearly indicating its origin and quality.
Free-range Period (La Montanera) is the period of time during which the Acorn-Fed Ibérico pigs free-range throughout the meadowlands eating the fallen acorns. This period tends to start around the end of October, when the acorns of the Holm Oak, Oak and Cork Oak start to drop to the ground mixing with the grass and at the disposal of the drifts of pigs. The law says that the last pigs considered as acorn-feeding should be out free-ranging in the meadowlands before the 15th of December so that they will have more than enough time to enjoy the acorns and put on the necessary weight for their slaughter before the 31st of March. Thus, this free-ranging period bestrides two years: starting in autumn and finishing off with the arrival of spring of the next year, once there are no acorns left to be had on the ground of the meadowlands. This is the reason why we always refer to the free-range period using two years “Free-range period 2015-2016” so that there will be no doubts whatsoever of the period that is in fact included.
The Campaign is the period when the pigs that have been free-ranging and eating acorns arrive at our facilities to start the production process of our Sausage Meats and Hams. Once again the law indicates that this period is established between the 15th of December and the 31st of March, at the very most, although at FISAN we hardly ever take it this far, neither at the beginning nor at the end, thus assuring maximum quality of the raw material. Since the acorn campaign also includes dates corresponding to two consecutive years, its denomination likewise specifies both years (as in the case of the free-range period): Acorn Campaign 2015-2016.
When we refer to Campaign Sausage Meats, which start being ready as of June of each year, the only thing indicated is the last year of that Acorn Campaign. Thus in this month of June we will start to enjoy Campaign 2017 Sausage Meats (despite the fact that the acorn campaign started on the 15th of December of 2016 and is actually called Acorn Campaign 2016-2017).
The Year of a FISAN Acorn-Fed Ibérico Ham also corresponds with the Acorn Campaign during which the Acorn-Fed Ibérico Ham reaches our facilities and like the Campaign Sausage Meats, likewise indicated with the corresponding year. Thus the FISAN Gran Reserva Ibérico Hams this year correspond to the years 2013 and 2014. This means that those corresponding to the 2013 Year were actually animals that reached our facilities between the 15th of December of 2012 and the 31st of March of 2013, undergoing a curing process (in June of 2017) of more than 50 months. Those corresponding to the Year 2014 arrived between the 15th of December of 2013 and the 31st of March of 2014, which means that they will undergo a minimum curing period of 38 months.
So, if you were to have any doubts about the terminology used for Ibérico products, please contact with us directly through this link. We will be more than happy to answer all of your questions.