Prosciutto is a thinly sliced ham that is salty, dry, and exquisite paired with… pretty much anything. Traditionally, this delight of a meat gets its rich flavor from pigs that are “finished” with a rich diet of hazelnuts.
Cease fire… hazelnuts? You mean, these little piggies are binge eating a lethal allergen and being served as deliciousness? The question arises– would I, then, be allergic to this meat?
The answer? YES.
My good friends over at Tails and Trotters make some excellent meat, and use that traditional finishing process of feeding their pigs a diet rich in hazelnuts right before they kiss the sky. As they do cite on their products, “[their] pork may not be suitable for those with severe nut-allergies, due to the high level of hazelnut-oil in the fat.“ Very big-time bummer.
Thus, beware when looking for prosciutto, young Bubble Children, as there may be a fatty amount (pun intended) of histamine lurking around those succulent corners.