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Stracchino / Creszenza

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Country: Italy
Region: Lombardy
Texture: Soft
Type of Milk: Cow
Aging Time: Less than 1 week
Pasteurized: Yes

Stracchino is a rectangular Italian cow's-milk cheese made from whole milk. It is typical of Lombardy region in North Central Italy. The name of the cheese derives from the Italian work "stracca" which means tired. The name Stracchino literally means in the local dialect "little tired one". The milk is traditionally made from the tired cows in the Autumn or Winter months who travel seasonally down the mountainous region in the Alps. The milk obtained from these "tired" cows is the defining characteristic of the cheeses flavor. It is a rich, fresh, rindless cheese that contains about 50% fat, with a soft and creamy texture and a slightly acidic finish. This cheese also hails the name "Crescenza".

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