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Traditional ham of Chaves, Portugal

Presunto (Portuguese pronunciation: [pɾɨˈzũtu]) is dry-cured ham from Portugal, similar to Italian prosciutto crudo or Spanish jamón. Among the wide variety of presuntos in Portugal, the most famous are presunto from Chaves, produced in the north of Portugal, and that from the Alentejo, in the south, made from local Alentejano pigs.[citation needed]

Several varieties of presunto are protected by European law with geographical indications.

Etymology

The word is from Vulgar Latin past participle persunctus, ultimately from the verb sugo, "to suck", and is unrelated to identical words in Italian and Spanish coming from the also past participle praesumptus, ultimately from sumo, "to (under)take, occupy" (see wikt:presunto).[citation needed]

Presunto PDO and IGP

In March 2014, six varieties of presunto were protected by European law registered with protected designation of origin:

See also

References

  1. ^ Presunto de Barrancos in the DOOR database of the European Union. Accessed 16 March 2014.
  2. ^ Presunto e Paleta do Alentejo in the DOOR database of the European Union. Accessed 16 March 2014.
  3. ^ Presunto de Barroso na Base de Dados DOOR da União Europeia. Accessed 16 March 2014.
  4. ^ Presunto de Campo Maior e Elvas ; Paleta de Campo Maior e Elvas in the DOOR database of the European Union. Accessed 16 March 2014.
  5. ^ Presunto de Santana da Serra e Paleta de Santana da Serra in the DOOR database of the European Union. Accessed 16 March 2014.
  6. ^ Presunto de Vinhais ou Presunto Bísaro de Vinhais in the DOOR database of the European Union. Accessed 16 March 2014.