The authentic taste of the salted meats of the Ardennes
The reputation of the salted meats of the Ardennes is well established. They delight gourmets both in Belgium and abroad.
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In Wallonia, visits to restaurants, museums, local food markets and artisan producers are all opportunities to discover and taste our hams, sausages, pâtés and other artisan charcuterie.
Ardennes ham – our ham
We can’t talk about salted meats without mentioning Ardennes ham, one of the most illustrious products in Walloon gastronomy.
Even the Romans took it back to the Eternal City, where this delicacy was highly appreciated.
Ardennes ham is a local product which, like the grands crus, is obtained by using specific methods. If you were to salt and smoke a pork leg anywhere other than the Ardennes, it wouldn’t taste the same.
The Ardennes microclimate and its seasonal phenomena – the temperature, humidity, and fresh and humid air circulation – are essential for the harmonious maturing and drying of this product.
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You can also visit Les Grès de La Roche, an attraction in Roche-en-Ardenne, which has a multimedia exhibit on Ardennes ham.