$2,100 Alba Quercus Reserve

 - Aug 20, 2007   Updated: Mar 25 2011
References: ibericosmaldonado & ibergour
This ham is so good and so expensive that it comes with its own certificate of quality. Available in November 2008, these tasty hoofed-beasts can be had for about $2,100 each. These piggies were allowed to wander around in woodlands in southwestern Spain before being butchered in February 2006. These and many more important factoids can be learned at ibergour.com.

Implications - Foodies and gourmands are always looking for the latest in exclusive, hard-to-find meals; from Kobe beef to foie gras, the world of gourmet meat is continually expanding. Food companies can capitalize on this opportunity and reach this discerning market by focusing on local ingredients, artisanal production methods and a "slow-food" philosophy.