Westphalian ham

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Westphalian ham atop bread, with cheese

Westphalian ham (German: Westfälischer Schinken) is a ham produced from acorn-fed pigs raised in the forests of Westphalia, Germany.[1][2] The resulting meat is dry cured and then smoked over a mixture of beechwood and juniper branches.[1][3][4][2]

The hams are prepared for consumption solely by the process of smoking, which preserves them, and are typically eaten thinly sliced in their preserved state without additional cooking.[3][5][6][7][8]

Westphalian ham is famed as a delicacy.[3][4]


During his travels in Germany, Thomas Jefferson documented the production of Westphalian ham and aspects of the hogs used to produce it.[1]

In the early 1900s, there were three varieties of Westphalia ham: kugel cut, boneless and rolled, and regulation ham.[9]

In the early 1900s, significant quantities of Westphalian ham were being exported from Germany into the United States.[3]

In Popular Culture[edit]

In a scene from the 1937 film Easy Living, Edward Arnold's character disdains lobster for breast of Guinea hen served on Westphalian ham.[10]

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