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Mortarat herbs maccagnetta

Product
Belonging to the large family of cheeses aromatised with aromatic herbs and spices that are traditionally called in the Biella area with the name ‘Mortaràt’ (from the mortar in which the spices were ground). The squashed, grooved form similar to an oyster, is made by the cloth through which the curd is hand squeezed. The covering serves not only decorative or gastronomic purposes but is also useful in maintaining the cheese at length. The rind should not be removed but rather eaten together with the cheese in order to better appreciate its flavour.
DRUNK MACCAGNETTA: red wine marc from the typical Biella vines, Bramaterra, is used in the place of herbs to ripen the cheese.

Belonging to the large family of cheeses aromatised with aromatic herbs and spices that are traditionally called in the Biella area with the name ‘Mortaràt’ (from the mortar in which the spices were ground). The squashed, grooved form similar to an oyster, is made by the cloth through which the curd is hand squeezed. The covering serves not only decorative or gastronomic purposes but is also useful in maintaining the cheese at length. The rind should not be removed but rather eaten together with the cheese in order to better appreciate its flavour.

DRUNK MACCAGNETTA: red wine marc from the typical Biella vines, Bramaterra, is used in the place of herbs to ripen the cheese.

Organoleptic characteristics
Aspect and texture: soft, well blended, ivory-yellow paste with a scattering of holes. The rind is coated with a blend of chopped alpine herbs and black pepper
Taste: intense and rich with traces of the herbs coating the rind
Serving suggestions: full bodied, youngish, red wines. Grape chutney. Baguette type bread
Technical characteristics
Milk: full fat, raw, cow’s milk
Production method: artisan
Paste: uncooked, not pressed
Salting: dry
Ripening: at least one month
Production period: throughout the year
Fats: 45% F-Dm
Weight: 0.5 – 1 kg each
Size: 10-20 cm diameter
Producers: dairy working in the province of Biella