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Parmigiano Reggiano DOP 31 months- 1kg

Olive Points: 325pts

Price £32.50

Description

Weight: 1kg piece

Unpasteurised cow's milk

Our new Parmigiano Reggiano DOP is a truly exceptional cheese and an authentic niche product known for its rich but delicate taste. It comes from the ‘white gold’ of the Italian “Bruna Alpina” breed of brown cow - a superior quality milk which is sweeter und more aromatic than normal milk. 

The “Bruna Alpina” cow has been living in Italy for 150 years, above all in the highest pasturelands where fields are impracticable. It is a docile animal with brown coat and a sweet and intense look. The uniqueness of its milk derives from its high protein content, particularly casein which is extremely important to achieve the extraordinary quality standard of our Parmigiano Reggiano DOP. This Parmesan is sweeter and more aromatic than a normal Parmigiano Reggiano as proved by authoritative studies carried out in several italian universities.

Why is Bruna Alpina Parmesan different?

The cheese is a straw colour, indicative of a traditional diet of different hay varieties and feed. The milk from the Brown Swiss cows has higher protein and casein contents than most other cow's milk. After aging for 31 months, it crumbles and melts in your mouth and offers a much sweeter, nuttier and almost toffee like taste because of the milk from this special breed of cow. 

Guaranteed Cruelty Free

We are confident that our producers raise their Bruna cows with the utmost respect for their welfare.

The King of Cheeses - nutritious and healthy!

Known worldwide as the "King of Cheeses" Parmigiano Reggiano is recommended as an important element of our daily diet. It is one of the few foods all naturally made, without any additives! Only milk, rennet and a little salt. It is a highly concentrated cheese and contains only 30% water and 70% nutrients. It is extremely rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. It is completely natural and easily digestible. As an incredibly nutritious cheese it is often recommended for babies, children, the elderly and also athletes! 

Parmesan is a highly concentrated cheese and contains only 30% water and 70% nutrients. It is extremely rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. It is completely natural and easily digestible. As an incredibly nutritious cheese it is often recommended for babies, children, the elderly and also athletes! It's also considered an important component in your diet if you are trying to lose weight!

All DOP Parmesan must be aged for at least 12 months. Ours is matured for a minimum of 31 months making it a deliciously nutty, crunchy cheese.

 

The DOP mark: As a DOP (PDO) 'Protected Denomination of Origin' cheese, our Parmesan has been guaranteed and certified by the Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium in Italy. This is the best guarantee of excellence in a European agri-food product. Production, processing and preparation of our cheese takes place exclusively in the Parmesan cheese DOP area of origin - any other Parmesan (and there are many, many copies) which does not have this mark is just cheese!

 

Serving suggestions

Parmesan is a very versatile hard cheese, excellent as a table cheese with its full and delicate flavour. It is great eaten alone or served with a good aged balsamic vinegar from Modena, truffle honey, pear mustard, fig jam or fruits such as pears, apples, kiwi and nuts. It also gives flavour to all of your recipes and is of course unbeatable when grated on pasta dishes. Don't waste any part of your parmesan - even the rind can be added to soups and tomato sauces!

Enjoy it too as part of an aperitivo! Pair it with dry fresh whites or spumante (Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Prosecco for example), with medium bodied reds (Sangiovese, Barbera d’Alba, Morellino di Scansano, Falerno), and also more structured reds (Nobile di Montepulciano, Super Tuscan, Chianti, Amarone, Aglianico, Etna). It can also be enjoyed with our sweet Malmantico Vin Santo.

Discover our tasty recipe for Savoury Pecorino and Parmesan Cheese Biscuits on the Vorrei blog.

How to store

Keep wrapped in naturally waxed paper in the fridge, ideally inside a slightly opened container so that the cheese still gets some oxygen. This Parmesan should keep for up to 2 months. Remember to remove from the fridge an hour or so before serving to bring up to room temperature..

Ingredients

Unpasteurised cow's milk, rennet, salt.

Our Producer - Azienda Agricola Sanganelli

There are only a few producers of this specific type of cheese in Italy and we have chosen to work with Antonio Sangonelli, owner of the only farm in the province of Parma that produces 100% milk from Bruna Alpina and transforms it all into Solo di Bruna Parmigiano Reggiano. Antonio's farm does not produce any other variety of Parmigiano. 

Antonio has been making cheese for over 20 years, continuing the long family tradition of raising cows of the Bruna breed since the 1800’s. This particular breed of cow has an impressive ability to produce milk of a unique equilibrium and quality.

Antonio was one of the founders of the DiSola Bruna Consortium in 2005 and has been working to promote the Bruna breed and the cheese ever since.  

 

 
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