At Josep Llorens, we strive to obtain the very best products. When it comes to rearing a good Iberian pig, the dehesa or pastureland plays a vital role. The animals can peacefully graze on it, exercise and acquire the nutrients they require to develop properly. This is the only way of making a high-quality product.
The dehesa and its essential role
This is an ecosystem typical of the Iberian Peninsula that stems from the Mediterranean forest. It can be found mainly in the south-west of the country, in the autonomous communities of Extremadura, Andalusia, Castilla-La Mancha, Castile and León and Madrid. The trees that make up most of this landscape are the holm oak, cork oak, Portuguese oak and ash. Among these, the holm oak is the best-known, and it embodies the character of this environment.
However, most of these trees form part of the Quercus family, which produces acorns. If you’re a lover of fine ham, you’ll know that this fruit is fundamental to the diet of the Iberian pig. In addition, the pig feeds on the grasses and legumes that grow around the trees.
One of the main benefits of these ecosystems is the food that they provide. The pigs obtain all the nutrients they need, a factor that contributes to their optimal development. They also have a space where they can wander around freely, enjoy absolute peace and quiet and graze without any major difficulties. Thanks to the dehesas, you can taste hams of unbeatable quality.
In short, at Josep Llorens we seek to offer you the finest products, which is why we care for even the finest details. Thanks to the dehesas, we can raise healthy pigs, without which we wouldn’t be able to obtain first-class Iberian ham. Without this unique ecosystem, we wouldn’t be able to achieve our goals.