Thursday, 16 February 2012

Pecorino, Italian Cheese

This cheese can be found all over Italy.  Pecorino is a hard cheese and is made from sheeps' milk.  The word Pecora means 'sheep' and in latin Pecora means 'livestock'.  Pecorino Romano is mainly produced in Sardinia, Pecorino Sardo is also from Sardinia, Pecorino Toscano from Tuscany and Pecorino Siciliano from Sicily.

  It is generally used as a table cheese or for cooking, it is widely used in Italy to finish off a pasta dish.

Pecorino Stagionato - is an aged Pecorino, it is hard and more crumbly depending on age and has a nutty caramel taste. The rind is an orange colour and deepens in colour as the cheese ages.

Pecorino Fresco - is a fresh Pecorino and is softer in texture and more milky taste.

  Sometime Pecorino has red chilli, black peppercorn, black or white truffle and walnuts added to the cheese.

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