by Kate Zagorski
A Guide to Italian Prosciutto Crudo
The word ‘prosciutto’ simply means ham in Italian and may be with ‘crudo’ (dry-cured) or ‘cotto’ (cooked). Generally, the word denotes the cured variety, the production of which dates back to ancient times, when the process of salting and drying was used to preserve meat. Nowadays there are many types of prosciutto, ranging from salty to sweet, from delicately smooth to more robust textures.