The Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma, an organisation of producers who use the traditional processing method, was set up in 1963 to in order to guarantee and safeguard the high quality characteristics that make Parma Ham one of the most relevant Made in Italy products and one of the most highly prized and best known products in the world.
Parma Ham is a PDO product and it has to follow a precise production regulation.
An essential condition for obtaining the “Prosciutto di Parma” designation is that the entire process takes place in an extremely limited area that includes the area of the province of Parma. The climatic conditions that are ideal for drying, namely the natural curing that will give sweetness and flavour to Parma Ham, occur in this area only.
Parma Ham is good, healthy and completely natural: Italian pork, the skill of master salters and the dry, gentle air of the hills. Neither preservatives nor additives are allowed.
A few simple ingredients for an unmistakable sweetness and flavour.
Parma Ham has a high nutritional value: low fat content, many mineral salts and vitamins and easily digestible proteins, make Parma Ham a food that is suitable for everyone, children, sportsmen and the elderly.
Parma Ham is very safe. The name “Parma Ham” is exclusively reserved for hams bearing the Ducal Crown, the indelible and unique brand given at the end of the ageing period. The final branding, however, is only the last step of a long identification process that leaves an indelible mark on the ham, at each step, thus making it totally traceable.
Consumers must learn how to recognize the signs of Parma Ham's genuineness. True Parma Ham can be recognized throughout the world by the five-point ducal crown symbol, a guarantee of genuineness, excellence and observance of tradition for Italian and foreign consumers alike. But for the product in pre-sliced packs, the black triangle with the crown is the label to look for to protect yourself against any counterfeiting. All these elements guarantee to consumers the quality and genuineness of the product they are buying.