WE ALL know Spain has good food. But look beyond the paella and tapas and you can discover some of the most expensive culinary delicacies the world has to offer, made right here in Spain.
From an ethical foie gras produced without cruelty in remote Extremadura to an organic caviar harvested from the loins of a sturgeon native to the Iberian Peninsula, if you have deep pockets and taste-buds that crave adventure, here’s the bucket-list for you.
Cured ham is a serious business in Spain in fact it’s a national obsession and while you can find it everywhere, from a slice offered as a free tapa with a chilled glass of sherry to a whole leg given as gift at Christmas, the very best tasting and most expensive is Jamón Iberico de Bellota.
Produced from Spain’s very own variety of black pig, a dark-skinned black hoofed breed that roams free across the dehesa, gorging themselves on acorns to produce a luxuriant tasting fat-marbled ham hung naturally to cure in dry mountain air for up to four years.
The most expensive ham leg on record sold for €11,881 at auction in Japan in September 2020 but Cinco Jotas, recognised as one of the best brands in Spain sells ready-sliced packs for €27…