People in Drniš area are proud of our local gastronomy, as it captures and preserves the best natural values of the area. Drniš area is especially known for Drniš prosciutto. The special quality of Drniš prosciutto is the result of micro-climatic specificities of the area and the influence of the cold north wind, called “bura”. Pršut is an air-dried raw ham. The name is to be derived from Italian prosciutto for ham. The Pršut is by rule a whole piece of meat from pig or cattle with a weight of about five to seven kilogrammes which attains his maturity by traditional storage over a period of two years. Afterwards the Pršut is cut by hand with a sharp knife into wafer-thin slices. The manufacturers of Pršut are called Pršutari.
Traces of pig farming in Drniš date from about 1500 year B.C., and the first reliable data on the prosciutto production in this area are written in the Šibenik Statute in the 14th century. Drniš prosciutto became a known market brand in 1969, when production was at its peak.
An interesting fact is that it was served at the Coronation celebration of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952. Therefore, on the occasion of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee, marking the 50th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries, Drniš prosciutto was sent as a gift to the Queen, and the Drniš Mayor received a letter of thank from Her Majesty. This letter is kept in Drniš City Museum.
In 2012, Drniš prosciutto was certified by the Ministry of Agriculture of Croatia as a product with protected geographic origin