Pecorino Toscano DOP Stagionato (long aged)
The aged Pecorino Toscano DOP is a semi-hard type cheese. It is ripened for a minimum of 120 days and up to 1 year. The entire mold weighs 2.5 Kg and the DOP label is stamped on the rind. The rind is thin, yellow, smooth and compact and the paste is light yellow, with a few irregular cheese eyes. This cheese presents a fruity and herbal aroma. This aged type of Pecorino Toscano is a cheese that, because of the four months of ripening, presents a stronger aroma and scent and it is the perfect cheese to combine with an aged red wine.
Average nutritional values per 100 g
As sheep milk has a high concentration of protein and fat, cheese made from it has a rich and creamy taste with a strong and distinctive flavor. Sheep milk’s cheese has very long tradition and dates back to BC. Pecorino Romano is Italy’s oldest cheese, and was a staple food for the rations of the ancient Roman soldiers, thanks to its long-term storage quality.
Cheeses are classified into soft, semi-hard, and hard cheeses depending on their water content. Semi-hard cheeses aging varies between one to six months, a process giving them a slightly hard and mild flavor. As these types of cheese melt easily when heated, they are very well suited for everyday use such as a panini ingredient or grated cheese in cooking.
As the Apennines run through the center of the Italian peninsula, the flatlands are sparce, making that the main livestock have traditionally been sheep and goats. The main representation of Tuscan cheeses comes in the form of Pecorino Toscano. It has a milder salty taste than pecorino from other regions. Pecorino aged for more than 6 months mixed with truffles from this mountainous region go great with Tuscan red wine.
In Italy, aged Pecorino Toscano is mainly eaten in slices, but it is also great to eat shredded on different traditional dishes, especially on pasta.
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