This shoulder of Serrano ham is the highest grade available (Gran Reserva) and is made from specially selected white pigs. To achieve Gran Reserva status, Serrano shoulders (Paleta) are cured for at least 9 months. This is less time than is required to cure a whole leg as the Paleta is smaller and has a higher proportion of fat. As a result, the shoulder has a slightly firmer texture, a more intense flavour and a darker colour of meat compared with other Serrano grades. The ham is delivered as a whole leg with bone.