What Makes Good Salame
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What Makes Good Salame

What Makes Good Salame

At Columbus, we recommend you use your senses to determine what makes superior salame.

Look, feel, smell, and of course, taste the goodness only found in premium products from Columbus. You can discover the distinctive flavor characteristics of each salame using our Salame Flavor Wheel. High quality salame should have a rich red color, not washed out or pink. It will have a good definition between the meat and fat because high quality salame is cured at low temperatures.

The natural soft, white coating is called Fiore, which in Italian means "bloom." The Columbus Fiore protects salame and adds depth of flavor. Salame should feel firm, never rubbery. It should smell sweet and appealing, with a hint of spice, depending on the variety.

When tasting salame, it should have a firm bite and pleasant mouth-feel, never filmy or fatty on the palate. The flavor of Columbus salame is complex, full of character, and well-balanced.

Meat is the predominant flavor but with notes of garlic and various spices playing supporting roles. Its finish is smooth and clean, never greasy, overly garlicky, nor acidic. When you eat a slice of well-made salame like Columbus, you'll soon long for another.