Lamham – ham made from lamb – is a superlative product from Gold Coast-born Maree King and her husband Andrew.
It could be said that Lamham was borne of love. In a twist on The Farmer Wants a Wife, Maree met Andrew, a fourth-generation Merino farmer from Longreach, at a B & S Ball (bachelors and spinsters) while she was on country service as a young home economics teacher. Love meant that Maree joined Andrew on his family property ‘Westfield’, a move which brought a new skill set to farming life, leading to innovation.
The couple began organic farming fifteen years ago with 100 per cent grass fed Dorper sheep, later branching out into a ‘paddock to plate’ business – Silverwood Organics. Thinking outside the box, they delivered their organic lamb to the customer’s door, winning numerous awards including Queensland Sheep Meat Producers of the Year in 2010 and 2013.
Four years ago, as a point of difference, Maree developed Lamham as a unique specialty Christmas and Easter option for their online customers. It was part of an overall strategy of innovation that saw them recognised as Queensland Sheepmeat Producers of the Year in 2013 with the prize, a trip to Dubai to the Gulf Food Trade Show, being a turning point for their business.
“The trade show in Dubai really opened our eyes to possible markets for our product,” Maree tells us.
“Lamham is Halal accredited and negotiations are presently underway for us to export to The United Arab Emirates.”
With years of drought meaning a move from the farm to the Gold Coast, the dawn of success for their product could not have come at a better time.
Manufactured under contract by Lago Smallgoods in Melbourne, Lamham is a gourmet niche product in a similar price range to Serrano ham and prosciutto. Naturally gluten-free, it is suitable for a large clientele base.
Although only launched in September 2015, Lamham has already won silver and bronze medals at the RASV Australian Food Awards 2016 and the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show 2016.
Naturally wood smoked with beechwood and rosemary, Lamham has a soft buttery texture similar to prosciutto and a mild flavour, a slight smokiness lingering on the palate.
The product would make the perfect topping for pizza or bruschetta, to be used on canapés and gourmet sandwiches or as an accompaniment to scrambled eggs. Bought as a leg, Lamham glazes perfectly; a delicious Aussie substitute for a Christmas ham.
From our tasting, no product has impressed us so much in a long time for its flavour and texture. It’s fabulous to see a product such as this created on the Gold Coast.
Lamham is available at Ferry Road Markets, Golosi Food Emporium and Earth Markets Burleigh.
30 Mount St, Burleigh Heads Ph: 0427 589 334
NOTE: Flat lay photo of Lamham used courtesy of Lamham. This is not a sponsored post.