Alheira is a traditional, homemade-style Portuguese sausage. It is made from a combination of pork, chicken and seasoned with a blend of traditional Portuguese spices, giving it a unique and distinctive flavor. It is a delicious and authentic way to add bold flavor to any meal, and is a must-try for any lover of Portuguese cuisine.
Alheira has a unique history, as it was traditionally created by the Jewish community as a way to conceal their identity during the inquisition period. The sausage was made with a variety of meats such as pork, chicken, and game meat, as well as bread and a blend of spices, which made it difficult for inquisitors to tell whether it was kosher or not.
During the inquisition, many Jews were forced to convert to Catholicism or face persecution. Many chose to convert but still practiced their faith in secret. The Alheira sausage became a symbol of their secret identity, as it was something that could be shared with their Catholic neighbors without arousing suspicion.
Today, Alheira is considered a delicacy and is enjoyed by people of all backgrounds in Portugal. It is still made using traditional methods and ingredients, and is a delicious and authentic way to add bold flavor to any meal.
Ingredients: Pork, salt, paprika, dry red crushed pepper, chicken cube, vegetable fat, chicken fat, onion, and parsley.
Package Contains: 2 Alheira - Approximately 1 lb.
We suggest a 3 day or less shipping for this perishable item at checkout. During warmer months (May to September) we suggest a 2 day expedited or less shipping method. Please be aware that we are located in New England and transit times vary by state.