True salami has a powdery dusting of mold, which is removed before eating. This is a “good” type of mold, which helps cure the salami and fend off evil, nasty bacteria.
You will notice particles of mahogany-red meat, dark flecks (these are spices) and white fats. (Fats are good. They give salami its insanely good flavor.)
When pressed firmly, the salami should have just a little give to it.
Taste + Aroma
A healthy salami should impart an earthy, meaty scent and flavor.
Check salami for cylindrical shape, with even diameter.
A healthy salami has a pleasantly chewy texture, but shouldn’t be hard or difficult to chew.