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One of the goals of our holiday trip was to find interesting places related to food. In this way, we came across the pršut (Slovenian prosciutto) factory located in Lokev in Slovenia. We quickly went from plan to action and visited this place to eat some Slovenian pršut. How was it?
We were about 40 kilometres away from our place of accommodation to the factory. We took the route quickly, on some winding roads. Already on the spot, we learned that the next tour will take place in an hour and a half. We decided to go to the “centre” of the village. The walk lasted several minutes. The weather improved and the rain had stopped.
In the “centre” of the village, we were counting on a shop, but either we missed the centre, or there was simply no shop. There was a church (small, but nice) and a military museum located in an interesting tower. We walked around and came back to the label because the time was getting closer.
This plant is the oldest operating in the area of the Slovenian Karst. In this region, the secrets of drying meat are passed down from generation to generation. Before entering the buildings, we were equipped with the necessary uniforms. Even Zuzia didn’t get baked and both aprons and caps landed on us.
Despite the fact that we made an appointment before our arrival and everything seemed to be arranged, we were included in the Russian-speaking tour. Apparently we are not worthy to be interpreted in English for us. Fortunately, several years of learning Russian were not wasted and we understood the essence of the story.
At the factory in Lokev, several thousand “legs” are dried at once. They mature up to 18 months, depending on their destination. Interestingly, the legs themselves for preparing pršut and other products do not come from the region. In most cases, they do not even come from Slovenia, but for example from Hungary. Some of the finished products have EU certification by origin and name.
The sightseeing itself only whets the appetite. After the visit, we went to a local store, where we stocked up on already cut, thin slices. For those interested, it is possible to buy a whole leg.
Ham taste very good. Delicate, slightly salty – it can easily compete with prosciutto or serrano. Slovenian pršut from Lokev is a delicacy worth trying!
Entry to the label costs 2.5 euros, but you have to make an appointment (although it does not give any guarantee :)