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Speck is a name-protected, specialty ham produced solely in the Alto Adige region of northern Italy. Based on ancient traditions that can be traced back to 1200 AD, Speck is the result of an inimitable mix of Mediterranean and northern European influences that converge in the geographically unique Alpine climate of the Alto Adige.
The Recla family has been making traditional pork products since 1620 and was the first Italian company granted permission by the U.S. government to export Speck Alto Adige to America. Recla follows the unofficial Speck production rule of “a little salt, a little smoke and lots of fresh air,” but officially is very serious about creating the highest quality Speck possible.
Starting with very carefully selected lean, firm, traditionally trimmed thighs from pigs raised on farms renowned for their quality controls, Recla then seasons the meat with a secret family blend of salts and other spices. The 22 to 24 week dry curing process requires an abundance of patience and artisanal expertise. Lightly smoking the pork with beech wood, and exposing it to the complexities of the region’s particular clean, fresh mountain air aids in the development of the distinctively mild, delicate flavor and incredible tenderness that defines authentic Speck Alto Adige.