Westphalian ham

Pronunciation: [wehst-FAYL-yuhn]

Extremely fine ham produced from pigs raised on acorns in Germany's Westphalia forest. Westphalian ham is cured before being slowly smoked over beechwood mixed with juniper branches. The combination of the gourmet diet, curing and smoking results in a dark brown, very dense ham with a distinctive, light smoky flavor. Connoisseurs consider these hams among the best. See also ham.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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