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Monday, December 13, 2010

CASTELMAGNO CHEESE

Castelmagno with truffle honey
By Nathalie Boisard-Beudin from Rome, Italy (castelmagno with truffle honey.JPG) [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The castelmagno is a cheese of the Cuneo valleys . 


It 's a typical product of Piedmont, which enjoys the protected designation of origin that must be strictly produced in only three municipalities: Pradlaves, Castelmagno, and all municipalities in the province of Cuneo Montrerosso Grana. 


Castelmagno cheese is one of the world's most popular Italian cheeses. This cheese has very ancient origins dating back to the twelfth century. 


The name of this cheese is made up from the Piedmont legend in San Magno, a soldier  which continued to preach the gospel despite persecution and which gives its name to the sanctuary of the town of Castelmagno in Grana Valley. 


Castelmagno is a semi-hard and blue cheese , is produced with cow's milk with the addition of sheep and goat milk. 


Presents molds ranging from green to blue in more mature (more than 5 months) whose flavor is stronger and Slightly spicy. 


The castelmagno is also used in some recipes of Piedmontese cuisine such as gnocchi with castelmagno cheese.

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