Dairy products, particularly cheeses, are popular all around the world. There are many different varieties each with their own unique appearances, scents and tastes. Here are some not-so-well known facts about Parmesan cheese.
Parmesan cheese is produced from unpasteurized milk obtained through cows. It originated in Italy.
Cows used for producing Parmesan cheese are typically fed only grass or hay.
The average Parmesan cheese wheel is 18 to 24 centimeters in height, 40 to 45 centimeters in diameter, and weighs 38 kilograms.
The most common uses of Parmesan cheese are in pasta, soup and risotto.
Legend states that Parmesan cheese was created in the Middle Ages in Bibbiano.
One popular method of eating Parmesan cheese includes placing Parmesan cheese cubes on small wooden toothpicks and drizzling the cubes with Balsamic vinegar.
In Italy, it is common for the head of a wheel of Parmesan cheese to be used as a “serving pot.” The head is hollowed out and then filled with steaming pasta.
The farther from the center of a wheel of Parmesan cheese, the harder the cheese. Therefore, to obtain the best grated Parmesan cheese, you’ll want to grate the edges of a cheese wheel.
The minimum amount of aging time for a wheel of Parmesan cheese is one year, but wheels are often aged for 2 to 3 years before making it out to the market.
At the Parmigiano-Reggiano festival in Modena, Italy, a wheel of Parmesan cheese often sells for around 490 euros.