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Grana Padano PDO: The Perfect Cheese For Any Occasion

Published on Apr 1 2021 3:00 PM in Fresh Produce tagged: Cheese / Italy / Grana Padano / Consorzio Tutela Grana Padano

Grana Padano PDO: The Perfect Cheese For Any Occasion

Grana Padano cheese has been a part of Italy's proud gastronomic heritage for nearly 1,000 years.

A staple in Italian cuisine and produced in the Po River Valley in Northern Italy, the cheese is the world's most consumed PDO variant.

Grana Padano is a hard cheese, made with raw, partially skimmed milk sourced exclusively from the Po River Valley area.

It has a fine grainy structure and a mellow flavour, and is available in three vintages: Grana Padano PDO, aged between nine and 16 months; Grana Padano PDO 'oltre 16 mesi'; and Grana Padano 'Riserva' PDO, aged for more than 20 months.

Grana Padano is a versatile cheese that can be served on its own or included in various recipes.

It can also be paired with a variety of wines, ranging from sparkling white wine for an aperitif to a dark and full-bodied red wine.

Grana Padano possesses unique nutritional features such as quality proteins, vitamins and mineral salts, especially calcium.

It is an excellent natural, nutritious and easily digestible food, and is also lactose-free.

The Consortium for the Protection of Grana Padano PDO cheese – Consorzio Tutela Grana Padano – is a non-profit organisation established in 1954.

It brings together producers and curers to protect and promote Grana Padano PDO cheese in the world.

It ensures that every wheel of cheese is made according to the production specifications so that it acquires its PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) status.

The Consortium is based in Desenzano del Garda, in the heart of the Grana Padano production area situated in Northern Italy, along the Po River Valley.

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