food - Cecina de Leon
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Cecina de Leon is known to have been produced in northern Spain
since at least the 4th Century A.D. when it was described in an
agricultural treaty by written by Seneca. The word "cecina"
is beleived to be derived from the Latin "siccus" meaning
to dry or possibly from the Celtic "ciercina" which
refers to the north wind.
Cecina de Leon?
Cecina is air dried and smoked
cured beef made from the hind leg of cattle, the outside of which
has a dark toasted colour which forms during the curing process
- the inside when cut is a rich maroon cherry colour with a light
marbling of fat which enhances the succulent flavours.
Similar products to Cecina exist
across the World and include such delicacies as Biltong in southern
Africa, Jerky in N. America and Bresaola in Italy to name but
a few and all are made in a very similair way being air cured.
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