While living in Parma, Italy for three years, Herb and Kathy Eckhouse (co-owners of La Quercia) came to view prosciutto as a way of life. And in the homeland of Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto is a way of life. It only makes sense that they would want to bring that same passion back with them to the United States. Their mission statement is based upon the ethics of a healthy life, viewing food in a positive manner, and a balanced and correct view of how they affect the environment. With this in mind they have sourced pigs from local farms with similar views and set out to start an American Prosciutto revolution.
The Rossa is their Heirloom Breed Prosciutto. It is important to note that this is the first and only single-breed, dry cured ham made in the United States. The flavor of Prosciutto develops from the inside, so the factors that breeding create are especially important. Factors like muscle structure, muscle fiber, water holding capacity, fat quality, and internal meat characteristics all go in to the final result and taste of the meat. The 100% Berkshire pigs are bred and supplied by Eden Farms.