When is a ham a Black Forest ham?

Black Forest ham is made from selected gammon. It is finely seasoned in accordance with traditional recipes and salted by hand, after which it remains in “salt” for a couple of weeks. Subsequent to this, the ham is smoked with a mixture of green pine twigs, sawdust and wood chips made of Black Forest fir trees.  In the course of the smoking period, which lasts approximately three weeks, the ham then obtains its typical smoky colour. Once this has been completed, the ham has to rest and mature: after 12 weeks the ham is ready for consumption.

The Black Forest Ham bears the seal of geographical indication by the European Union. It is about its traditional manufacturing method in the Black Forest region.

In 1997, the European Union registered the “Black Forest ham” as a PGI (protected geographic indication) for the protection and promotion of special typical regional products and foods with designation of origin.

In the process of manufacturing its Black Forest ham, ADLER stringently complies with the provisions of the RAL (German Institute for Quality Assurance and Certification). In addition to this, as a member of the Association for the protection of Black Forest ham, our company advocates the general compliance with the RAL and the protection of the “Black Forest ham” description.

Link to the Schutzverband der Schwarzwälder Schinkenhersteller e.V.

How best can one store ham products?

The best way to store a large piece of ham would be to have it in a cool room. Sliced goods should remain in the outer packaging or be lightly wrapped into grease-proof paper. In doing this, the moisture can escape and the ham’s shelf life is increased.

How does the ham taste best?

As is the case with a good wine, the ham also unfolds its full aroma when left outside at normal room temperature. Thus, we recommend opening the package 5 to 10 minutes prior to eating.

What do the E-number additives mean?

Within the context of the Food Labelling Directive, the manufacturers of foodstuff are obliged to state additives on the product packaging, which have been allocated a so-called E-number. The manufacturer is given the choice as to whether it would like to write out these additives or merely state the E-number.

Are genetically manipulated organisms processed in ADLER-products (GMO)?

ADLER-products are GMO free according to the regulations (EG) 1829/2003 and (EG) 1830/2003.

Which products do not contain any milk components (lactose) and gluten?

The EU has specified fourteen allergenic substances which most frequently are the cause of allergies. For this reason, these substances are declared on the ingredient lists of our products. In a small number of products one will find lactose (all products with cheese) or mustard seeds: “Jagdwurst” (chasseur sausage) and “Schwarzwurst” (black sausage).

All information is subject to change

Where can I buy ADLER products?

You can purchase the ADLER products from numerous food supermarkets, specialist shops or at our direct sales in Bonndorf, simply ask us at: contact form

Adler Schwarzwald GmbH & Co. KG

Am Lindenbuck 3
79848 Bonndorf/Schwarzwald
Tel.: 07703/832-0

The direct selling outlet is located at the production building. We offer you the entire range of ADLER ham and sausage products, a lavish meat counter as well as a substantial selection of delicacy products and culinary gift articles.

Mr Fesenmeyer and his team are looking forward to your visit:
Mo-Fr: 8:00 – 18:00
Sat: 7:00 – 12:00

You can reach us telephonically at  +49 (0) 7703/832-171.

Or also in our Online-Shop

How large is the minimum quantity I have to order at ADLER?

As of an order of 20 kg we will deliver freight free.