On the other hand, the Denominación de Origen Protegida Jabugo –previously called Denominación de Origen Protegida Jamón de Huelva– is been finally signed up in the Communitary Register of DOP and Indicaciones Geográficas Protegidas (IGP). The purpose is to protect legally the term Jabugo, synonymus of quality in the national and international market.
A product with specific physical and organoleptic characteristics:
- The animals which provides the raw material must be pigs 100% Iberian, or from crossed breeds with the Duroc breed and which have at least a 75% of Iberian blood.
- Depending on their diet, there will be commercialised three classes of hams and shoulders: Summun, Excelens and Selección.
- The zone of production is built in determinate regions with meadows, cork oaks and Gall oaks from Caceres and Badajoz in Extremadura, and Seville, Cordoba, Huelva, Cadiz and Malaga in Andalusia.
- The elaboration zone belongs to 31 towns of Sierra de Huelva.
Since it is a territory of more than one Autonomous Region –Andalusia and Extremadura– this quality figure is suprautonomous and, therefore, depends on the Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente, as it is established by the law.
According to the last disposable data from 2015, there were 1592 livestock farming and 38 curing rooms. The production of pigs with destiny to this DOP was 12.723, commercialising 29.608 hams and 24.603 shoulders, with a stipulated total value of 9,14 millions of euros; 90% of it nationally distributed.