Prosciutto irpino*

Prosciutto irpino is a traditional Italian cured ham that originates from the region of Campania, specifically the towns and communes of Irpinia. Irpinia is a mountainous area located in the eastern part of Campania, known for its picturesque landscapes and rich culinary traditions. The towns of Montella, Gesualdo, and Sant’Angelo dei Lombardi are some of the places where this delicious prosciutto can be found.

Prosciutto irpino is made from the hind leg of the pig, which is carefully salted and cured for a specific period of time. The curing process takes place in the fresh mountain air, allowing the flavors to develop and intensify. The result is a tender and flavorful ham with a delicate aroma.

One popular recipe that showcases the unique taste of prosciutto irpino is “Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus.” In this dish, fresh asparagus spears are wrapped in thin slices of prosciutto and then grilled or roasted until the asparagus is tender and the prosciutto is crispy. The combination of the salty prosciutto and the earthy asparagus creates a delightful contrast of flavors.

Another delicious recipe that features prosciutto irpino is “Prosciutto and melon salad.” This refreshing salad combines slices of ripe melon with thin slices of prosciutto, creating a perfect balance of sweetness and saltiness. The salad is often drizzled with a light vinaigrette and garnished with fresh mint leaves for added freshness.

Prosciutto irpino has been recognized with the PAT (Traditional Agri-Food Product) recognition, which is a prestigious designation given to traditional Italian food products that are produced using traditional methods and have a strong link to their specific geographical area. This recognition ensures that the production of prosciutto irpino follows strict specifications and maintains its authentic qualities.

Sources:
– “Prosciutto irpino” – www.irpiniaoggi.it
– “Traditional Agri-Food Products of Campania” – www.campaniaagricoltura.it