Pork in Spain

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Mallorca is just a quick 8 hour ferry ride from the great street art Valencia and I could not pass up the chance for sun and fun in Spain.

But as I knew it was a big tourist destination I hit the supermarket to stock up on food.

Holy cow! Or perhaps I should say holy pig! 

leg of pork

There is an entire section of the store dedicated to pig products. I’m not sure if you realize this in addition to all of the different pork  products pre-packaged this is a giant wall of pig leg!

My family heritage is supposed to be Italian and Irish but I am really starting to think my ancestors are Spanish.

Much thanks to Hostal Atlanta that hosted me in Palma, Mallorca. It was one of the cleanest hostels I’ve been in and the staff was so nice and helpful.

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  1. The Travel Chica says:

    I was wondering why it took so long for you to write about pork in Spain.

    I have a good friend who may actually love pork more than you, and she raved about Spain.

  2. ooh… probably what I miss most from home – all the jamon iberico! In Spain it’s a custom to have a big pig leg at home for christmas time… I think this is the best present someone could ever give me!

  3. Emily in Chile says:

    I know ham is big in Spain, but I definitely didn’t expect that entire aisle of piernas de jamón! Enjoy being in your spiritual home 🙂

  4. Drool! We attempted to smuggle a big hunk of jamon iberico home to the States with us…and failed. Immigration did take pity on us and let us keep the rest of our assorted food goods, but insisted that they had to take the jamon 🙁

  5. Good grief!

  6. Good grief! That is a lot of pork.

  7. Bret @ Green Global Travel says:

    YUM! The only problem with this post is that I’m drooling over these pics before I’ve had breakfast. BTW, we went to a swanky restaurant here in Atlanta recently (opened by Oprah’s former personal chef) where they had an artisanal ham bar. I immediately thought of you!

  8. Wow, looks like a pig leg warehouse more than a regular store!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I know, so delicious!

  9. That’s a lot of piggies. In my experience, most of Latin America does have a love affair with pork and I think it’s because of the robust flavor.

  10. I can’t wait to read more about Mallorca and what you have to say about my home 🙂

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Well I don’t want to spoil it but I will definitely be back.

  11. Am starving. Eating a packet of skips and the prawny goodness is diminished in the face of such piggy flavoured goodness. Going home to cook some pork belly after work.

    It’s not a nice air dried iberian ham but is the closest I can find in my pre-xmas fastidiousness.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Nothing beats Spanish ham.

      1. So very true!

  12. The Philippines was colonized by the Spanish for close to 400 years. Maybe that’s why we love pork / pig so much! Yumm-o jamon iberico! Love that!

  13. Mmmmmmm. You better try jamón de pata negra – you will FALL IN LOVE!!

  14. Try growing up in the USA with a jamon hanging over your kitchen sink…and not knowing that was not normal. 🙂 I did just successfully smuggle in a lomo for my parents for Christmas!

  15. Hahaha! Wow. That’s a lot of pig. I’ll be interested to know what you thought of Mallorca – it’s one of THE biggest holiday destinations for Brits.

  16. Simply Madrid says:

    Spanish ham is greatly prized as a gourmet food both in Spain and around the world. Excellent ham but most of all Spain is a great place for food, drool xD

  17. I drool over on those lovely meat! Haha.

  18. Thank You For Sharing
    I Support U
    I Love Spain

  19. We loved Spain! I like to research the area before a trip and then I write travel guides for the kids after putting the information in a kid’s language and reading level. I was fascinated about Spain’s love of ham! We saw real ham, ham in cones, ham pillows….ham was literally everywhere!

    Since sightseeing isn’t done just with your eyes and calories on vacation don’t count…..trying out the local fare is fun and a great idea!

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