10 Apr Grana Padano or Parmigiano Reggiano – what to choose?
Two Italian cheeses with a Protected Designation of Origin. However, what does the term PDO stand for? The term refers to the characteristics of typicality. These cheeses are the result of tradition and specific territorial and climatic characteristics of a certain area. Furthermore, the production is linked to a precise quality standard, determined by the nature of the raw materials used and the rigorous and guaranteed processing.
What do Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano have in common and what do they differ in?
We will try to answer as simply as possible. First, let us say what connects them:
Now we can illustrate the differences:
Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano are two Italian cheese excellences, famous all over the world.
Abroad they are often identified as “Parmesan”, a generic term that refers to a hard grated cheese; but if you want to be sure that you are buying or consuming an authentic product you must pay attention that on the packs is written Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano and next to these names the symbol of the individual PDOs.
Our company is part of the Grana Padano Piacentino’s network of companies, and especially promotes all the cheese produced in our territories.
Both Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano are used mainly grated to dress the first courses and give them more creaminess: but let’s not limit ourselves to just a sprinkle of them on pasta or rice! Both these cheeses can be excellent ingredients of many different recipes: not only savory but also desserts, in unusual and refined combinations.
They are healthy cheeses that contain fundamental nutrients for the growth phases of children and adolescents, inevitable in the diet of sportsmen.
Try them to prepare delicious appetizers, accompanied with cold cuts and a dry white wine or with aromatic sauces based on black olives, tomatoes and basil or green sauces. They are perfect to soften all types of fillings! In summer, adding some Grana Padano or Parmigiano Reggiano flakes on your fresh salads makes them much more nutritious and with the addition of balsamic vinegar, they will be really appetizing!