Foods You Should Know: Parmigiano Reggiano

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I haven’t talked much about cheese on this blog and that is a problem. So when current events are brought to my attention*, I must jump at the chance of a teachable moment. On may 20th of this year an earthquake hit the northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna**, destroying about two billion euros worth of it’s key export Parmigiano Reggiano or to the lay person Parmasean Cheese. Large ageing houses for Italy’s best known cheese were rocked by the quake and years worth of product was destroyed. This means most likely sky high prices and shortages of the cheese.

Italy is serious about food and wine. So serious in fact that they have created systems of regionally and quality control to make sure that producers stick to the highest standards while at the same time protecting producers against competition from outside their region. This DOC system for cheese, wine…

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