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Provolone cheese

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Provolone is an Italian cheese.

“Provola” cheeses originated in Southern Italy where they are still produced mostly in 5 to 12 inches long pear shapes, with a spherical knob on top for hanging.

The term “Provolone” (meaning large Provola) appeared around the end of the 20th century, when started to be manufactured in the Northern regions of Italy and this cheese assumed its current large size.

Provolone is today a whole-milk cow cheese with a smooth skin produced mainly in the Po River Valley regions of Lombardia and Veneto. It is produced in different forms: Shaped like large salami up to 12 inches in diameter and 3 feet long; in a watermelon shape; in a truncated bottle shape; or also in a large pear shape with the characteristic spherical knob for hanging.

Provolone is a semi-hard cheese with taste varying greatly from “Provolone Piccante” (Piquant) by the very sharp taste, to “Provolone Dolce” (Sweet) with a very mild cheesy taste. The “Provolone Val Padana” has received from the European Community the DOP (Protected Denomination of Origin) seal.

See also: List of cheeses

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References

  • Cosorzio Tutela Provolone [1] (http://www.provolonevalpadana.it/index2.html)
  • Formaggio.it [2] (http://www.formaggio.it/italiaDOP/provolonevalpadana.htm)
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