Some surprising facts

by | Mar 6, 2019

Black Iberian Pig


Here are a few facts I found surprising that people he mentioned to me recently:

  • What’s the difference between a lake and a pond? Ponds are bodies of water shallow enough so that the sun’s rays can reach the bottom and photosynthesis can occur. Thus, the entire depth is in a “photic zone.” A lake, by contrast, is deep enough so there are “aphotic zones” where not enough sunlight reaches for photosynthesis.
  • Arguably the finest ham in the world is Jamón ibérico coming primarily from Spain. Jamón ibéricois is from “Iberian piglets are fed on a diet of cereals and acorns until they are nearly 18 months old. The final three months or so of their lives are spent out in the Dehesa during what’s known as the montanera, a period from October 1 to January 1 when acorns fall from the oaks. The pigs must feed on enough acorns and reach the DO-specified weight of 160kg to gain the coveted title jamón ibérico de bellota. The regulations also specify that there should be no more than two pigs per hectare of land to ensure that each pig can eat the required amount of between 6 and 7kg of acorns a day.” It is cured for up to four years and the finer cuts are from the side of the pig that it doesn’t lay on so it’s more tender. It’s very expensive.


  1. I’d like to know how many grape varietals we’re eliminated by the phylloxera outbreak.

  2. Would like to hear your thoughts on Mendoza and Patagonia. Planning on going back next year.

    • 👍🏼

  3. Just got back from Argentina. Where are you staying? We were in Cordoba. Great country, great people.

    • Awesome. We’re in Mendoza right now. Lots of wine tours. In a few days heading down to el Chalten Patagonia for hiking.

  4. this is amazing–to have IFODs coming our way when you are not in the Continental United States! Have you endowed your IFOD dynasty so we will get them forever? How you do that could be an IFOD for another day! Love2Nap

  5. The most surprising fact is that a devout vegan just wrote about the world’s finest ham!

    • IKR

  6. Are you on vacation? Awfully light reading today.

    • Yes. In Argentina

      • You are coming back, aren’t you?

        • We’ll see


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