Salami meat comes from a pig. However, the word "salami" comes from the Latin word "salumen," which can describe any mixture of meats that have been salted.
Salami is technically any type of encased meat, but all salami contains pork. There is also a considerable amount of high-quality pork fat in the meat. Salami is seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic. Some varieties are also flavored with wine and spices such as fennel, cinnamon and mace. Once the meat is put into a natural or synthetic casing, it is placed in dark, cool cellars so it can age. Salami is served fresh, cooked or dry-cured.