Italian Salumi

Italian Salumi

So what exactly are “Salumi”? Think of them as Italian deli meats or Italian cold cuts.The word salume literally means “Salted meat”.Though most Italian salumi are made from pork, you can find salumi made from wild boar, deer and even horse.

Actually, there are hundreds of different kinds of salumi in Italy.

Italian cured meats vary based on region, fat content, casing, seasoning and methods of curing. Prosciutto is by far the most famous type of salumi. Made from the leg of the pig, it is a dry-cured ham that comes either uncooked or cooked.

Prosciutto Crudo di Parma is perhaps the most well known in the world of salumi, named after its hometown of Parma, though Prosciutto di San Daniele vies heavily for the world’s attention.

Prosciutto di Parma is aged about 10-12 months, while San Daniele is aged 15-18 months and is much sweeter than Parma ham.