London retailer debuts world's most expensive ham leg

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

During truffle season, chef Daniel Boulud serves a $150 black truffle burger, stuffed with braised ribs and foie gras, at DB Bistro Moderne in the Big Apple. At Serendipity 3, also in New York, the Golden Opulence Tahitian vanilla ice cream sundae, garnished in a 23-carat edible gold leaf, sells for $1,000. A four-pound container of Almas caviar, which comes from Iranian sturgeons that are between 60 and 100 years old, will set you back nearly fifty grand. And now a hog leg has been added to the list of the world's most expensive eats.

The Albarragena ham (the world's first DNA-certified), which hails from the Spanish province of Extremadura, is available in fifteen pound legs and costs a whopping £1,800 -- which converts to $2,936.64, to be exact. It can be purchased at the London mega-retailer Selfridges, which specializes in exquisite clothing, housewares and food delicacies. The pigs were selected by Spanish pig farmer Manuel Mondando, and were fed a diet of acorns and roots in order to provide a unique flavor. The legs were then cured for three years before being wrapped in a custom-tailored apron and sealed in a handmade wooden box. But here's the real kicker: Each ham leg comes with a DNA certificate. People don't even come with DNA certificates.

"The leg may seem to have a large price tag but when you think about the amount of care taken from breeding right through to the curing, it is actually amazing value," says Selfridges fresh food purchaser Andrew Cavanna, "Every single gram will be savoured as one of life's incredible gourmet luxuries."


Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.