Spanish Jamon Iberico Industry Prepares For Busy Christmas Period

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An emproyee of the company Fermin Jamones smells a sample from a leg... News PhotoAgriculture,Bestof,Business,Finance,Ham,Horizontal,Human Interest,Meat,Pork,Salamanca,Smelling,Spain,Topics,Topix,VillagePhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2012 Getty ImagesSALAMANCA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 14: An emproyee of the company Fermin Jamones smells a sample from a leg of dry-cured Jamon Iberico de bellota (acorns) in the village of La Alberca on December 14, 2012 near Salamanca, Spain. Fermin Jamones was the first Spanish company to be given an export licence for the lucrative United States market. Dry-cured Iberian ham or Jamon Iberico is a favourite amongst Spaniards and producers are hoping for improved sales over the busy christmas period. The jamon Iberico de Bellota are usually dry-cured for up to three years after the pigs have been few on a diet of acorns in the last three months. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)