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  • Sweet, delicate, fragrant flavor profile; pairs well with full-bodied whites and tannic red wines
  • Hard, grainy texture perfect for grating or crumbling
  • PDO status ensures exceptional quality
  • Similar flavor profile to Parmigiano-Reggiano at a more economical price point
  • Ships refrigerated
UPC Code: 80035189022266
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Agriform Grana Padano Cheese

Agriform Grana Padano Cheese

Grana Padano is Agriform's main product, and accounts for roughly 70 percent of its turnover. Its origins can be traced back to medieval times, and the Benedictine Monks of Chiaravalle Abbey. The original recipe has been preserved to this day and its fundamental ingredients are unaltered. Grana Padano is a PDO cheese that enjoys worldwide renown for its excellent sensory qualities, owing to its unique fragrance and flavor. It is produced with raw milk from cows reared and selected in modern livestock farms, exclusively in the area of origin in the Po Valley, north of the Po River. Agriform dairies conduct rigorous tests on the milk by carefully analyzing its quality and microbiological parameters before it enters the processing cycle. The copper vats hold 1000 liters of milk on average, which yields two cheese wheels, weighing roughly 38 kilograms each. The cheese undergoes a series of important organoleptic transformations during the aging period, and the cheese wheels are monitored, treated, cleaned, and turned daily, according to a timetable defined by the quality system. Some nine months after the production date, the cheese wheels are examined with traditional techniques, namely tapping and needle-screw sampling, which help to determine their degree of uniformity and maturity. A second check level includes inspecting a sample of the batch by splitting it open and tasting the product directly. Lastly, the cheese wheels complying with the production requirements of the Grana Padano Consortium Regulations, are fire branded by the Consortium's inspectors.

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Specs
Cheese Type Grana Padano
Features DOP Certified
Origin Italy
Package Size 9 lb.
Style Wedge
Texture Semi-Hard & Hard
Type Cheese

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What does this product's protected designation of origin mean?
The European Union's Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status indicates that every part of the production, processing, and preparation process of this product takes place in the geographical region from which it originates. In other European languages, this indication may be referred to by different names and acronyms, such as DOP (Denominazione di Origine Protetta) in Italian, AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) in French, or DOC (Denominação de Origem Controlada) in Portuguese.
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Present your customers with a marvel of traditional cheesemaking by offering this Agriform 16-month aged Grana Padano cheese! Thought to be one of the world's oldest hard cheeses, this Northern Italian delicacy is known throughout the world for its unmistakable flavor and texture. This Grana Padano is aged for 16 months, during which time the cheese develops a firm, thick, ochre-colored rind that envelops its delicious interior. The word "grana," which in Italian means "grainy," refers to the cheese's distinctly flaky, grainy texture; it is delightfully crumbly with tiny crags and delicate crannies throughout! This hard cheese lends itself particularly well to grating, shaving, and slicing. Its full-flavored taste is distinctly nutty and savory, with a lovely, sweet finish and a fragrant, floral aroma. Produced in the Po River Valley in northeastern Italy, Grana Padano bears the DOP status and is made using the same old world techniques that the Cistercian monks of Chiaravalle who created it used in the 12th century. In both texture and flavor, Grana Padano is similar to its cousin, Parmigiano Reggiano, though Grana Padano is typically aged for a shorter period. This, combined with the fact that Grana Padano is produced in a larger geographical region than Parmigiano Reggiano makes it a popular economical alternative. Grana Padano's texture is slightly less crumbly than that of Parmesan, while its flavor tends to be subtler and more mild.

The versatility of Grana Padano cheese makes it perfect for a variety of applications and occasions. When serving on a cheese plate or charcuterie board, complement its nutty, salty flavor with figs, dried fruit, sliced apples, or golden honey, or, for a savory snack, enjoy it with walnuts, olives, or traditional Italian cured meats. Try serving this cheese alongside full-bodied, aromatic white wines like Chardonnay, or intense, tannic reds like Barolo. When cooking with Grana Padano, keep in mind that it can be used in many recipes that call of Parmesan or other hard cheeses, and is an especially good substitute in recipes where you don't want the cheese to overwhelm the other flavors in the dish. Try shaving it over a flavorful Caesar salad, grating over lasagna, or incorporating into creamy sauces or fresh, flavorful pestos. No matter how you choose to serve Grana Padano cheese, you'll be indulging in the same tantalizing flavor enjoyed by Italian peasants and nobles alike for centuries.

In 1135, Cistercian monks at the Chiaravalle Abbey in Italy's picturesque Po Valley began farming the rich, fertile land around their monastery. Their efforts were so successful that eventually, they found themselves with a surplus of milk on their hands. Instead of throwing away such a nutrient-rich resource, they worked to develop a way to preserve it; from their efforts was born Grana Padano, one of Italy's finest and oldest cheeses. Today, Agriform produces Grana Padano in almost exactly the same way that the monks made it over 900 years ago - though the addition of technological innovations allows for meticulous quality control that ensures a consistently uniform product. Each wheel of cheese is branded with the Grana Padano seal, which guarantees its quality and Protected Designation of Origin status, helping you be sure you're not settling for anything less than the best. Try Agriform's entire line of traditional Italian cheeses to explore ancient flavors fit for royalty!

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  • Refrigerated Food

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  • Protected Designation of Origin

    Protected Designation of Origin

    The European Union has certified that this product is traditionally and entirely manufactured in a specific location and that its characteristic properties can be attributed to the geographical region in which it was produced.

  • Imported from Italy

    Imported from Italy

    This item is imported from Italy.

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