Westphalia is a region that is home to numerous culinary specialities. The Westphalian Five - Schinken (ham), Mettwurst (soft smoked sausage), Pumpernickel (a dark rye bread), Stuten (a sweet white bread) and Korn (corn schnapps) - stand for traditional products that still exist today. Whether by bike, horse, car or Shank's pony, there are countless opportunities for visitors to experience the diversity of the region during a trip through Westphalia, the Land of Ham, and enjoy its culinary pleasures. The Schutzgemeinschaft Westfälische Schinken- und Wurstspezialitäten e. V. warmly invites you to do this.

Westphalia, the Land of Ham
Welcome to Westphalia, the Land of Ham
and Germany's traditional gourmet region.

Selected products handled with care

The hams used as the raw material for Westphalian ham on the bone are of guaranteed German origin with by far the largest share originating from Westphalian breeders. Every leg is painstakingly examined and processed. As whole pieces are processed, this means that the possibility of adding or using different parts is ruled out. The recipe that has been handed down and is guarded as a trade secret also distinguishes Westphalian ham on the bone from produce originating from other sources. During production the ham is regularly checked to see how far it has matured. Tests including resistance to pressure, aroma and samples taken from inside the meat for tasting provide guidance and security: The longer it matures, the firmer and better genuine Westphalian ham on the bone becomes.

Westphalia, Land of Ham