(Family Features) - Home cooks are now discovering a thousand-year-old "secret" ingredient - the wonderful flavor and versatility of Grana Padano, a well-loved cheese from Italy. Grana Padano is a 100 percent cow's milk cheese. Its sweet, delicate flavor is delicious on its own or paired with other foods.
Like the best Italian chefs, you can use Grana Padano in many different ways: as a flavorful accompaniment to wine or fruit; crumbled in pieces alongside a stew; shaved over salads; grated over soup, pasta or risotto; or simply, on its own. Now, that's Italian!
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A Thousand Years in Every Bite
A thousand years ago in the fertile Po Valley in northern Italy, Cistercian monks unlocked the secret to Grana Padano. In order to preserve milk surpluses, the monks devised a dynamic preservation process that produced this hard cheese. The process used to make Grana Padano - which involved heating milk in large copper vats and then pressing it into round wooden molds - is the same process used today, a testament to how authentic Grana Padano has withstood the test of time.
What Does P.D.O. Mean?
Grana Padano is a Protected Designation of Origin (P.D.O.) cheese. This classification by the European Union ensures that products are genuinely originated from a certain region and follow a high standard of production. The Consorzio Tutela Grana Padano, a consortium of producers, maturers and retailers, supervises the production of Grana Padano, protecting the quality of ingredients and the authentic production method of its members. Grana Padano is the best selling P.D.O. cheese in the world.
The Goodness of Grana Padano
Made with naturally semi-skimmed milk, Grana Padano is an excellent source of protein and key minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc, and vitamins such as A, B and E. Just 25g of Grana Padano provides an adult with more than 30 percent of the Recommended Daily Allowance of calcium, critical for strong bones and teeth. Surprisingly low in fat and sodium, this nutritious, easily digestible cheese can be an important part of a healthy diet for active, sports-minded people, pregnant women, children and people of all ages.