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How to spot authentic Prosciutto di San Daniele What are its specific characteristics? We want to address this topic together with you to explore together how one of the most important products for the Made in Italy agri-food sector is made.

A very… original shape!

One of the most fascinating features of Prosciutto di San Daniele is its guitar-like shape. But do you know where it comes from? The “guitar” comes to life during the pressing phase, which is that specific moment of the production process when the excess liquid is drained from the pork leg..

How do I spot authentic San Daniele DOP?  By it’s trotter

A true San Daniele PDO is easily recognised because it has the unmistakable ‘zampino’ (pig’s trotter).  The final part of the thigh (the trotter) is actually kept intact. The reason? Thanks to the pig’s trotter, moisture drains away and consequently the product is guaranteed to age well.

Let’s not forget the brand

Unsure whether or not the ham you’re looking at is authentic San Daniele DOP? Keep in mind: Prosciutto di San Daniele strictly has to bear the brand. Only the thighs that pass the rigorous tests required during the production process are branded.

What about the fat in San Daniele DOP? It’s good and it’s good for you!

Prosciutto di San Daniele has excellent nutritional properties, mostly present in the fattest section of the slice.

This is why we can say that the fat in San di Daniele DOP is “good”: it is rich in essential fatty acids, such as linoleic and arachidonic acid, which are essential for the well-being of our body. Let’s not forget that it is also rich in taste. Therefore: it cannot be removed from the slice!

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