Why is it that summer always seems to go by way faster than all of the other seasons? Before you know it, it's sweater weather, there's frost on the grass and you're debating if you should still sit on the patio (you should).
Sadly, we haven't found a way to make summer last forever, but we have found a delicious way to savour the time that we do have. Prosciutto di Parma, from Italy’s Parma region, is a by-product of time itself. Cured for at least 400 days (and some for as long as three years), the long held tradition of Prosciutto di Parma dictates that its only ingredients are specially raised Italian pigs, sea salt, air and time.
Completely free of preservatives, gluten, additives and nitrates, Prosciutto di Parma is just pure flavour and all-natural goodness, with a taste that's as unique as the region it comes from. It's one of few hams awarded the elite PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) status from the European Union, which certifies that it is produced in Parma using traditional methods and 100 per cent Italian pigs born and raised on approved farms.
Its mild and delicate taste is perfect on its own or as an ideal appetizer accompaniment. Think salads are boring? You just haven't had yours topped with crispy Prosciutto di Parma yet — its sweet and savoury flavour profile makes your average greens taste like magic. For an even more deluxe appetizer experience, that could wow any guest, top a freshly baked goat cheese galette with savoury slices of Prosciutto di Parma — now that's one dish you'll never want to end.
Look for the PDO seal and black triangle with the gold Parma Crown on the packaging when you're shopping for Prosciutto di Parma so you know that you're getting the real thing.