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BLACK FOREST HAM. THE AROMA OF THE ALL-NATURAL BLACK FOREST
Black Forest Ham is a raw ham that gets its unique aroma from being cured and smoked over fir and spruce wood. This EU-protected traditional specialty is produced exclusively in the Black Forest – according to a process that has been established for generations.
The act of simply biting into a tender slice of Black Forest Ham is pure pleasure. You can taste the unspoiled raw nature that gives the Black Forest Ham its distinctive flavour.
The Black Forest
The Black Forest is geographically well-defined along with the region where Black Forest Ham is produced exclusively. It stretches from Pforzheim in the north to Lörrach near the Swiss border with deep valleys, densely forested heights and pure nature. A culinary paradise.
Tradition, along with the region, plays the biggest role in the process of manufacturing the Black Forest Ham. Numerous steps are necessary to turn a raw ham into Black Forest Ham.
The essential steps are salting, seasoning, brining, curing, smoking and one of the decisive factors for the formation of the special aromas, maturing. The process is only completed after many weeks.
This is what the Black Forest tastes like. Rough and aromatic. Thinly sliced, Black Forest Ham unfolds its full aroma. Each slice awakens memories of the aroma of the fir trees. Every bite gives a hint of the spice mixture of salt, pepper, coriander, garlic and juniper berries.
Black Forest Ham
A raw ham without bones, cured in a mixture of spices, smoked and then matured. These are the essential characteristics of a Black Forest Ham. Its taste is highly aromatic and spicy. To be enjoyed at any time of day as a savoury accompaniment to bread, as an addition and refinement to almost all foods. Locals in the Black Forest cut it into small strips and enjoy it straight up.
The Association of Black Forest Ham Producers. Since its foundation in 1989, the association has been working with its member companies and the organisations to promote the Black Forest Ham brand. Consistent brand protection also stands for uncompromising quality assurance at all levels as well as active and informative communication to cultivate the valuable brand image.
Since 1997, Black Forest Ham has carried the EU seal “PGI.” (Protected Geographical Indication). This stands for two essential characteristics: Black Forest Ham is produced exclusively in the Black Forest region and must comply with the product specification based on which EU protection is binded. In this specification, the production process, corresponding to the tradition, is bindingly defined. It is also stipulated that the raw pork legs can also be sourced from outside the production area, as there is traditionally no significant pig farming in the Black Forest. The decisive factor is the quality of the meat.
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The traditional production of Black Forest Ham explained simply.
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The members of the Association of Black Forest Ham Producers (Schutzverband der Schwarzwälder Schinkenhersteller) guarantee the high quality of the Black Forest Ham. This is achieved through strict quality management in the companies, regular external inspections arranged by the association and governmental inspections.
The association’s primary goal is to preserve the uniqueness of the traditional Black Forest Ham brand for future generations and to cultivate its positive image. The association sees itself as a global ambassador that inspires trade and consumers with clear and transparent communication for the brand. The members of the Association of Black Forest Ham Producers are strongly of the belief that the Black Forest Ham is a cultural asset. Traditionally anchored in the Black Forest region for centuries and inextricably linked to the people of the region who have remained dedicated to this unique brand to this day.
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At the Feldberg Tower, the Black Forest Ham Museum offers its visitors an interactive experience about the traditional production of Black Forest Ham. Multimedia stations as well as display and tasting boxes encourage the visitors to experience and learn about the Black Forest Ham tradition using all their senses.
The breathtaking location invites visitors to relax after an informative tour of the museum. The Black Forest Ham Museum is located on the highest mountain in the Black Forest – on top of the Feldberg, from where one has an incomparable view of the French Vosges as well as the Swiss Alps on a clear day.
Monday – Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. // July, August, September
Monday – Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. // May, June, October
Prices for visiting the Black Forest Ham Museum are based on the fares of the Feldbergbahn.
79868 Feldberg (Schwarzwald)