The Extra Virgin Olive Oil Of Meats

Did you know that the fat of Iberico bellota ham contains over 55% oleic acid (a mono-unsaturated fatty acid)? Rigorous scientific studies have shown that these fats exercise a beneficial effect on cholesterol in the blood by increasing the amount of good (HDL) cholesterol and reducing bad (LDL) cholesterol. Only virgin olive oil has a higher oleic acid content.

The total proportion of unsaturated fatty acids in cured Iberico hams that have consumed a diet of acorns is over 75%, making it the most “cardiohealthy” of all animal fats, even healthier than some fats of plant origin. The breed of pigs is not the only explanation; their staple diet of acorns and grasses also plays an important role.

In addition to its beneficial effect on cholesterol, Iberico ham provides proteins, vitamins B1, B6, B12 and folic acid, all highly beneficial for the nervous system and proper functioning of the brain. It is also rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, and in minerals such as copper, essential for bones and cartilage; calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus and finally, selenium, which has been attributed with antiaging properties.

By Spanish law, truly purebred (genetically 100%) Ibérico pigs are required to attain at least 40% of their weight grazing exclusively on holm oak acorns during the montanera, or period of fattening between October and January. Each pig is provided 2 hectares (about 5 acres) of personal space to reach its best weight. The high oleic acid content of the acorns and the genetic makeup of the Ibérico help convert the pig’s fat into its distinctive monounsaturated marbling.

What is a Goulash?

Goulash is a soup or stew of meat and vegetables, seasoned with paprika and other spices which originates from Hungary in Europe. There is no one dish as EVEN in Hungary every other housewife or chef has her/his own way of cooking it by adding or omitting some of the ingredients, or changing something in the preparation process, however they would all call their gulyás the most authentic.

Here at Farm to Plate we are proud to have our Iberico Goulash. I urge you to give it a try.

The Iberico Ribs

Farm To Plate brings in Iberico Ribs and cured products from Spain. The products are of the highest quality. Taking into account the comments from our customers about the fat in our Bellota Spare Ribs, Farm To Plate can ensure that the presence of the fat it is a totally natural question. In fact, it is this fat that essentially gives the product a “Unique Savor”.

The secret of the success from Farm To Plate’s Spare Ribs is the perfect balance between meat and fat. We cannot compare the Spare Ribs from Iberico Bellota with the Spare Ribs of White pig (with a little bit more meat) because it is a totally different product completely.

On the other hand, an Iberico Spare Ribs never will have the same image, the same quantity of meat and fat, it will always be different because we are talking about a totally natural product, not about a TV or an iPhone which are produced in a factory and will always have a fixed weight and presence. In Iberico products, the weight, the presence depends on the several factors in the animal like size, weight, etc. For that reason, we would like to talk that each product is definitely “Unique…Exclusive”.

Apart of all of this, several groups of researchers has demonstrated the benefits of consuming Iberico 100% Bellota which reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, prevents blood pressure and thrombosis, decreases the presence of harmful lipids and increased Antioxidants. This kind of meat possesses a lot of proteins; it is a great source of potassium and provides a lot of vitamins: thiamine, vitamin B6, niacin, riboflavin and vitamin B12. For that reason the consumption of Iberico Ribs are essential for kids during their growth stage and keep good health for adults.