Nothing in Spain seemed quite as vital to the national culture as its glorious, dry-cured ham. Gin and tonics came in at a close second, but Jamon definitely ruled the day - and, the night too for that matter, when restaurants save space for a decked out leg of Jamon iberico with a knife-wielding ham-slicing expert at-the-ready. More often than not, two or three bone-in beauties are polished off in night.
Then of course there is the Museo del Jamon...
...a small Madrid chain of grocery stores dedicated to the history and majesty of Jamon.
Thinking this would be an excellent franchise opportunity for someone in the States. Happy to make an investment. After relishing this gorgeous delicacy on its home turf, thinking Jamon is probably a safer bet than gold right now. And, goodness knows, it's a lot more tasty.