Croatia’s gourmet quality is undisputed, but where to start with your gastronomic voyage of discovery? We know! With two regional giants of the Croatian cold platter starter– kulen and pršut. Croatia’s cured meats are a source of regional pride, and no less than six have received EU protection in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications.
Krčki pršut – there’s more than fish on Krk
Famed for its golden Žlahtina wines and excellent lamb, Krk is the only island whose cured ham is protected. Similar to Italian prosciutto, an essential part of the pršut production process is its slow drying, and the dry bura winds on Krk provide an ideal backdrop. Authentic Krčki pršut must be produced from pigs from the region. Unless they swim to Krk by themselves. Then they deserve the honor of becoming a part of magnificent krčki pršut. 🙂
Istarski pršut – non-smoked pršut
The land of truffles and Malvazija wine is one of Croatia’s gourmet hotspots, and the production of Istrian pršut follows strict traditional methods dating back centuries. Unlike pršut from other regions which are always smoked, Istrian pršut didn’t crumble under peer pressure and it is not smoked! It is left to the charms of the wind, sea salt and natural spices such as pepper, bay leaves and garlic. After drying in the cold bura wind for a few months, it is left to age for a year. It can only be produced on the Istrian peninsula.
Drniški pršut – the royal pršut provided by bura
Although the pršut from the inland Dalmatian town of Drniš only attracted EU protection relatively recently, its fame dates back generations, and indeed it was served both at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, and again by the Royal household 50 years later when the original menu was reenacted. The secret to Drniški pršut lies in the specific conditions of the local micro-climate, with the famous bura wind accounting for 50% of all winds in the area. Be aware of the bura! Even though it does make great pršut by buffeting it all over, it’s not so fun when it does that to you. But hey, who are we to stop you? If you want to be great like Drniški pršut, go for it!
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SOURCE: Croatia Feeds