Parmigiano Reggiano is the rich, fruity flavoured, slightly grainy textured authentic Parmesan cheese. It is produced primarily in the Parma, Emilia Reggio and Modena regions of Italy, as well as the Mantua on the right bank of the river Po and Bologna on the left side of the river Reno.
Production dates back to the 12th Century, and it is still hand-made using the traditional methods by artisan makers; staying true to the unique and natural process. It all begins with the 4,000 farms (600 litres of milk go into each cheese wheel) included in the area of production, where cattle are fed on locally grown forage and where fermented feed and silage are banned, ensuring that the raw milk used in the production is high-quality.
Parmigiano Reggiano… the only parmesan!
The area of origin is a respected and protect environment, thereby giving Parmigiano Reggiano its unique qualities and characteristics and regular controls are carried out on the milk to ensure that its quality and presence of special characteristics is as it should be – a purely natural and nutritious product, without additives or preservatives and well matured. A PDO stamp is fire-branded onto the rind of the cheese to confirm the authenticity of the cheese as a product of the area of origin.
Parmigiano Reggiano has a minimum maturation time of 12 months but only when it reaches 24 months of age is it at its best. A truly special product, Parmigiano Reggiano is an essential ingredient in many Italian dishes and a must have Italian product in your fridge.
Parmigiano Reggiano 24 months matured, is available at Woolworths.
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