Cured: What you need to know about salumi (including salami)

  • A variety of salumis and olives are displayed on a graze board in New York. Salumi was born out of necessary to preserve meat pre-refrigeration, and to use all parts of the pig with no waste. Now there are many manufacturers commercially producing packaged salumi, available at supermarkets. (Carrie Crow via AP)

The word “salumi” ( or its singular, “salume”) seems to be popping up more on restaurant menus, Instagram feeds, even at some deli counters. Maybe you’ve been wondering what exactly salumi means, as opposed to salami, or charcuterie, or….?