Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese–Aged 5 Years
DISTINCTIVE QUALITIES: It’s not often you will come upon a Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese this special—aged a remarkable 5 years, this is not just "parmesan," but true Parmigiano-Reggiano—made from the milk of rare Red Cows (or Vacche Rosse). Crack it in half, lean in close and discover notes of toasted chestnuts, sweet grass, and green tea. Every bite offers an intense hit of umami with surprising crackles from its savory quartz-shaped protein crystals. Other Red Cow Parmigiano-Reggiano is aged for a minimum of 24 months compared to 12 months for other brands. Our Red Cow Parmigiano-Reggiano is aged for an otherwise-unheard of 5 years — this long aging process is the key to the bursts of zing you will savor in every bite.
BEHIND THE PRODUCT: Red Cows are a prized Italian breed of cows that were once near extinction. Originating from Hungary, Vacche Rosse produce extremely rich milk with a high-fat content. The proteins present in the milk allow for longer aging and permit better digestibility. The only ingredients are raw cow’s milk (grass-fed or hay-fed), salt, and calf's rennet.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS: To fully appreciate its subtle notes, "cube" by gently pressing a pointed cheese knife to gently pry a piece from the wedge. Serve as-is on a cheese board and enjoy with the finest honey or balsamic vinegar. Or grate atop a steaming plate of tagliatelle, or shave onto a refreshing arugula salad with a simple lemon vinaigrette.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Italy (Reggio Emilia)