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The Best Ham for Your Easter Table

A beautiful ham is the centerpiece of many Easter tables. But do you know the origin of the tradition?

Before modern refrigeration, hogs were harvested in the fall, the meat went through a long curing process during the winter and was finally ready in the spring, making pork, specifically ham, a natural choice for Easter celebrations.

To be the star of your special meal, we think starting with a great piece of pork is essential. Hams sold at Whole Foods Market® contain no artificial ingredients or preservatives and have no added water so the flavor of the meat comes through in every bite.

Plus, our hams are from pigs that are raised without antibiotics and are never given growth hormones*. 

They thrive in an environment that promotes natural behavior and our producers do not use farrowing or gestation crates. * Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising pork. Here are some of the ham offerings we have available this year:

  • Boneless:  Easy to handle from oven to plate, just slice and serve.
  • With Bone:  Traditional ham with an amazing presence on the table. Available spiral sliced for easy carving.
  • Spiral-Cut: Perfectly sliced from rind to bone for easy carving.  Available boneless or with bone.
  • Glazed:  Coated with a blend of spices and sugar, honey or maple syrup for a touch of sweetness.
  • Fully Cooked:  Table ready or heat and serve.
  • Uncured: Produced without synthetic nitrates or nitrites
  • Slow-Smoked:  traditional slow smoked for a deep, rich flavor
  • Fresh: leg of pork for the do-it-yourself home chef

In addition to hams provided by national suppliers like Wellshire Farms, this year customers who shop in our Florida, Midwest and South region stores will also have access to hams made from local pork. Just ask your butcher if local ham is available for you.

With so many choices it can be a pretty daunting prospect to pick one for your feast.

Talk to our butchers! They know their stuff and they can help you figure out which ham is best for you -- whether you’re feeding an army of hungry guests or having a quiet dinner for two. Don’t forget about the leftovers! Ham and ham bones add depth of flavor to beans, peas and soups.

Omelets love the addition of a little diced ham and lunchboxes will always welcome a ham sandwich. Check out our Easter Entrées blog post for main-course meat recipes and more ways to use those leftovers.

Will ham be at the center of your Easter table? If so, how do you serve it?

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paul moore says …

do you guys have uncured hams have a person who lives with us who is allergic to nitrates

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@PAUL - We do not allow added nitrates/nitrites in any products we sell in our stores (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/about-our-products/quality-standards/food-ingredient).

DJ Harris says …

What ham would you suggest for an Easter dinner for 9 adults and 5 young adults

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DJ - I would suggest reaching out to your local store to see what options they have in stock based on your needs. You can look for some options online at https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-ordering or call your local store directly.

Mary Pylypczuk says …

I am trying to find out where I can purchase a Farmer John Ham. I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I need to know how much money it would be to have at least 2 to 4 hams shipped to me. Do you have a price list available. Per Lb. and how much to ship. Can I purchase Farmer John Hams in Arizona, if so where is the closest store from Buckeye, Arizona. Thank you

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MARY - We do not currently ship perishable products. We have a couple stores in Colorado Springs that should have ham options but the exact selections and prices will differ. The closest store to Buckeye will be our Camelback or Tempe location. You can run an exact zip code search on our website at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list. You can look for some menu options online for their locations at https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-ordering or call them directly to see what options they have in stock.

Donna Creny says …

Bought a ham for Easter, best I've ever tasted, no chemicals, etc. Can't remember the brand name. Purchased at Scottsdale, AZ store on Mayo blvd. Either Homestead, Heartland, or something similar. Could you help me with the name so I may order it again. Thank you. Love your food products.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DONNA - I would suggest giving the store a call at 480.515.3777 and they will be happy to let you know their ham vendor!

Chuck Vick says …

Two of my granddaughters have a special need. They break out in hives due to foods. They are coming to Houston for a visit and I need to find food products that will not upset their systems. One thing needed is uncured hams. Any thoughts or comments?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CHUCK - Our exact options will differ between stores. Check with your local store in Houston to find out what ham options they currently have in stock.