Today is Salami Day! Salami is cured sausage that has been
fermented and air-dried. Countries like Italy, France, Hungary, Germany,
and Spain each produce their own style of salami. The varieties differ
in the coarseness or fineness of the chopped meat as well as the size
and style of the casing.
Although the exact origin of salami is unknown, there is evidence
that fermented sausage has been made in the Mediterranean region for
more than 2,000 years. Both the Romans and Greeks cured their meat
because the final product could be stored at room temperature for up to
ten years without going bad.
The way in which salami is fermented has many natural health
benefits. For example, the final product contains lactic acid bacteria,
which can help maintain a healthy digestive system. To celebrate Salami
Day, enjoy some delicious salami on a sandwich, in a salad, or on its
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