Prosciutto di Parma PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) is a dry-cured ham.

Appearance: rounded shape externally.Deprived of the distal end (foot) , devoid of external imperfection that may be detrimental to the image of the product, and with the uncovered muscle part above the head of the femur (round bone end) limited to a maximum of 6 centimeters (short trimming).
Weight: generally between eight and ten kilograms, but not less than seven; colour: at cut, uniformly pink to red with white parts of fat in between.
Aroma and flavor: meat tasting delicate and sweet, not salty and with the characteristic fragrant aroma.
Maturing: period of maturing begins form the salting and must not be less than 12 months.