Grana Padano is a renowned Italian cheese that holds a special place in the world of gourmet dairy products. This cheese has a rich history dating back nearly 900 years and is often compared to another famous Italian cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano. Grana Padano takes its name from the Italian word "grana," which means grainy or granular, and the Po River Valley (Padan Plain) in Northern Italy, where it originated. Grana Padano is a hard, cooked-curd cheese made from cow's milk. The production process is highly regulated and follows traditional methods. The milk is partially skimmed to reduce its fat content, then heated and mixed with calf rennet and starter cultures. After curdling, the curd is broken into small granules and gently cooked. The resulting cheese wheel is aged for an extended period, typically 9 to 24 months.
- Grana Padano is known for its crumbly and granular texture, hence its name. It has a pale yellow or straw-coloured interior with a hard, inedible rind. The flavour profile is complex, featuring nutty, fruity, and slightly sweet notes, with hints of butterscotch. The texture is dry and crumbly, becoming more crystalline and grainy as it ages.
- The cheese is aged for varying durations, leading to different flavor profiles. Young Grana Padano (around 9-16 months) is milder and slightly creamy, while older varieties (18-24 months or more) have a stronger, more pronounced flavor with crunchy calcium lactate crystals. The aging process contributes to its distinct character and versatility in cooking.
- Grana Padano is an incredibly versatile cheese used in a wide range of culinary applications. It's often grated over pasta dishes, risottos, and salads. It can also be enjoyed as a table cheese, paired with fresh fruit, honey, or a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Its savoury, umami-rich flavour makes it a popular choice for enhancing the taste of soups, sauces, and gratins.
Milk, Salt, Calf Rennet, Lysozyme
Lactose Free: No
Suitable for Vegetarians: No
Suitable for Vegan: No
Gluten Free: Yes
Keep refrigerated between +4°C to+8°C
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