Summer Food…Cheese?

Fontina

Continuing the summer food posts, everyone thinks about  Gelato and Granita during summer but they are not the only food to enjoy in summer in Italy.  Fontina Cheese (La Fontina formaggio) is a cow’s milk cheese where, although obtained all year round, the best is produced during the summer when the cows are allowed to graze at a higher altitude in the mountains.

Fontina
Fontina can be eaten as is or used in recipes

This higher altitude (greater than 1800m) enables the cows to remain cool during the Italian summer heat along with grazing on lush aromatic grass and therefore producing this unique flavoured cheese.

Fontina is produced only in the Aosta Valley (Valle d’Aosta) in the Alps and has been certified D.O.P (Denominazione d’Origine Protetta – Protected Designation of Origin).  It has origins circa 1200 A.D. and takes its name from the Family Fontin.

The semi hard cheese can be used in many recipes but is also enjoyed on its own with a full-bodied red wine (for example Chianti Classico Riserva)

Happy Cows make the best milk for Fontina
Happy Cows make the best milk for Fontina

 

Ciao!

Samira Francesca and Happy Dog Team

HappyDogItalian.com

 

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