Parmigiano Reggiano has long been a staple in Italian cuisine. Also known in English as parmesan cheese, this delicacy is used in several mouthwatering dishes and entrees. This includes melanzane alla parmigiana, along with lasagne – and as a topping for pizzas, pasta, and other Italian favorites. Like other Italian hard cheeses, parmesan is carefully manufactured to preserve its natural taste and texture. In fact, most parmesan cheese wheels have been aged for minimum 12 months and up to 36 months! This means an entire year of aging is needed before this popular cheese is sold to the public for consumption. Whether at restaurants, cafes, or the comfort of home – parmesan cheese continues to soar in global popularity.
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As part of a recent info-graphic released about parmesan, the cheese boasts the highest protein content of all natural foods. In fact, 100 grams of cheese equals 35.75% of protein – and that is roughly 1,184 mg of calcium and parmesan cheese also has essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. While just one kilogram of this cheese equals 16 liters of whole milk, there are only 392 calories in a regular block of parmesan. This makes cheese an integral part of any daily and healthy nutritional regimen. According to leading nutritionists, one serving of cheese on its own is a great source of vitamins and minerals. It should also be a part of any daily plan for those suffering from vitamin deficiencies, body builders, athletes, children, and the elderly.
Parmesan is mainly produced in the Italian provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, and Bologna. It is also made in Modena, along with Mantua and no other regions across the country and world. Under Italian law, only cheese that is produced in these provinces may be labeled “Parmigiano-Reggiano”. Parmesan is also known as the “King of Cheeses”, due to its immense flavor and global popularity.
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