Pecorino Toscano Stagionato - Well that’s surprising!
Pecorino Toscano Stagionato Well that’s surprising!
- Producer – Il Forteto
- Origin - Italy
- Milk Type - Sheep
- Ageing - 12 months
Let’s face it, you can get somewhat “interested” in a pecorino. Yes, it is great on your pasta and we’ve all tasted it before. You shave it, grate it, sprinkle it and spread it on your favourite dish. You may even put it on a salad if you dare. Yeah, it’s a tad dull now. But then this happens; Pecorino Toscano. The look, feel and smell of this suggests we are in for more of the same. How wrong we were! This is a top class table cheese and then we got excited.
Pecorino Toscano is a surprise from your first mouthful. Getting your head around the fact that this is a table cheese and not for your pasta takes some effort. Your first taste will make you realise that this is more cheddar in taste than the traditional Pecorino Romano. The saltiness is gone and is replaced by a crumbly and bitey cheese that you can tell has been aged for more than a year. It’s a cheese that you can eat all day. Regardless of whether you wash it down with a beer or big Tuscan red, this is a cheese that changes perceptions and suprises.
Il Forteto fact of the day
Back in 1975, a group of 19 - 20 year olds used to gather at a parish in the Tuscan town of Prato. They used to discuss the prospect of a life together with a common future of farming and creating an environment that was about community a living a better life and not profits. Il Forteto was established as a cooperative and now offers produce including beef, cheese, apples, bread and olive oil. Put this place on your next Italy visit!
• Tuscan red
• Your fingers, but a drizzle of honey to spice things up
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- Sam Penny