Parmigiano Reggiano DOP is matured for a minimum of 16 months; during this time the cheese is nurtured until it becomes pale golden with a slightly granular, flaky texture, and a nutty, slightly salty flavour. Parmigiano has a thick, hard yellow to orange rind.
It is superb eaten on its own cut into chunks or slivers or served with ripe pears and a good red wine. It can also be grated over any number of hot or baked dishes, from pasta, polenta and risotto.
Suitable for vegetarians: No