World’s Most Expensive Piece of Ham Sells for Over $14,000

A Spanish ham producer recently announced that it sold the most expensive piece of traditional Iberian ham to a Japanese buyer for the outrageous price of $14,100. Julio Revilla, President of Sierra Mayor Jabugo, an Iberian ham producer, said that the record-breaking piece of ham was prepared following the strict instructions of the buyer. The buyer requested that the ham come from an Iberian pig at least two years old that had been grazing in the mountains of Sierra Mayor for at least 100 days. The animal had to gain at least 220 pounds during the time it spent grazing, and that its diet had to consist of only acorns and herbs. Finally, the curing period for the ham was five years, double the normal curing period for premium ham. The 22-pound piece of ham exceeded the mandatory 5-year curing period in January and was delivered to the buyer last month. The buyer has been presented with a Guinness Record certificate for the most expensive piece of ham sold in the world.