Some historical documents trace the ham back to the Ancient Roman and Greek societies. The name “presunto” comes from the latin word “persunctu”, meaning dry, without water or any kind of humidity by the action of salt.
Is a ripe cheese, which texture can be presented in two ways, a semi-hard or a creamy soft one; the colouration may also vary from light white to slightly yellowish. When sliced, some may present small holes.
In Portuguese the word “enchido” (sausage) comprises a wide range of foods which comprehend the use of animal intestines with different types of stuffing. These products are usually smoke-dried before consumption.