“CROCCOLO” – Pecorino Cheese aged in old style
The story of this cheese has ancient origins and in fact, it is aged “in the old way”. The name “CROCCOLO” derives from “CROCCOLA” (or “Coccola, Gazzozzola”and many other terms which change from valley to valley) the fruit of the Tuscan cypress tree. The “Croccola” evokes intense scents typical of the plant, and these same scents can be found in the rind of this cheese. When we smell it the intense aromas reveal its origin. The “CROCCOLA” is a hard and resinous fruit, almost impenetrable and just like it this pecorino has a very hard rind due to the long ageing period in our grottoes at natural temperature and humidity, as was done in the past.
On 2012 he has won 1° Place at “San Lucio Trophy” and on 2014 he has won Special Mention at “ALMACaseus”
Ingredients: pasteurised sheep MILK, live milk enzymes, rennet and salt. Rind surface is treated with oil and vinegar.
Weight: approximately 4 kg.
Packing: no wrapping (we can vacuum pack if requested).
Shelf life of packed product: 180 days (vacuum packed: 120 days).
ALLERGENS: MILK and MILK protein
SHAPE: cylindrical, with slightly rounded sides, about 12 cm thick, and the flat surfaces are about 18-20 cm wide.
EXTERNAL FEATURES: the rind is very hard and brown with irregular and darker spots which change according to the ageing process and the typical treatment of the rind.
INTERNAL FEATURES: the straw-yellow cheese paste is hard and compact, but crumbly and with some eyes. The undercrust is almost one centimetre thick.
ODOR: it has a complex aroma displaying traces of cooked butter and toasted nuts, as well as hints of clean fleeced sheep and barn scents of medium intensity.
FLAVOUR: it has an intense slightly piquant flavour, which may increase with ageing, yet it is very pleasant and tasty.
Availability: all year.
Food Pairing: This great cheese is perfect for aperitivo on a cheese platter and as antipasto with cold cuts. It is also a wonderful dessert cheese. The ideal cheese to be eaten with friends but also a great meditation cheese. Excellent in the kitchen either in flakes over carpaccio or to make risotto and pasta dishes.
Wine Pairing: it goes well with great wines like Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano, Sassicaia and Amarone… as well as other great wines.