Parmigiano Reggiano DOP

The most famous of Italian cheeses, mentioned as early as the fourteenth century in a story by Boccaccio. The production area is mainly located in the provinces and traditionally of Parma and Reggio Emilia, although it has been extended to the edges of some of the surrounding provinces. Until a few decades ago, the production was in the typical "toll" octagonal which guaranteed a special air circulation, and is still in the process have been retained some archaic traditions such as the use of copper instead of stainless steel, for the boilers in which the cheese is made. The seasoning, if conducted under optimal conditions, can also successfully overcome the four years (the cheese still needs at least 36 months of seasoning to make the most of its potential) to test the ripeness of the forms you will use a needle to form of life "shot" deep in the dough. Among the first in Italy Parmigiano Reggiano (the double name was officially born in 1951: first there was talk of "Parmesan" or "cheese") has received the Doc in 1955, and the PDO in 1996.

Organoleptic characteristics

Aspect and texture
hard cheese with a grainy texture and pale yellow color more or less dark depending on the length of the ripening
Taste
harmonious, dry and intense, with notes of herbs if made ​​with milk from livestock fed on pasture
Serving suggestions
Bodied red wines and aged, but also sparkling white wines when young. Fresh fruit (pears Kaiser), mustard pumpkin. Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, homemade bread

Technical characteristics

Milk
cow's milk, skimmed, raw
Production method
artisanal and industrial
Paste
cooked, pressed
Salting
in brine
Ripening
1 year minimum
Production period
all over the year
Fats
32% Mgss
Weight
24 to 40 kg
Dimensions
l 35-45 cm, h. 18-24 cm
Producers
"caselli" members of the Consortium of production and protection of Parmigiano Reggiano
Codice forma
n.d.
Codice tagliato
n.d.

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