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Artisan Cheeses By Type of Cheese: Grana Padano

Grana Padano was created at the beginning of the millennium by the Cistercian monks of Chiaravalle who used ripened cheese as a way of preserving surplus milk. Between 1150 and 1200 a large number of cheese-makers became engaged in the production of Grana Padano, and by 1477 it was held to be the most famous cheese of Italy. This sweet and savoury cheese became a particular favourite of the people of Lombardy and its production spread throughout the region. As it lasts a long time without spoiling, Grana Padano could also be sold to outlying markets.

Grana Padano is a cylindrical, cooked, semi-fat hard cheese which is matured slowly. It may be used as a table cheese or for grating. A golden oily rind encases a white or straw-coloured fine-grained cheese with crumbly fissures radiating outwards from the centre. The taste is fragrant and delicate, and the cheese preserves its integrity for one or two years.

A good wine should be tasted with a good cheese and Grana Padano is perfect with either white or red. This cheese has a delicate taste, a fragrant smell and almost imperceptible small holes.

Available Sizes:
12/8oz wedge /case of Imported Italian Grana Padano

Special Order Sizes, when ordered by midnight on Thursday, will be available for shipment the following Monday.

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