The origins of the iconic Italian cheese Taleggio can be traced back over several centuries. References to the pungent cow's milk square and its use as currency can be found as far back as the 10th century. The cheese was first known as "Stracchino," meaning "tired cheese." It was so named for the condition of the cows after they had undergone their long journey from the high mountain pastures into the valley: although the cows were worn out by the trip, they were still able to produce milk for cheesemaking.
Rich and beefy with a slight saltiness, the full-flavored Taleggio has a sticky orange washed rind and a classically beefy, pungent aroma. Its off-white paste verges on pale yellow and is soft, pliable and velvety, with flavors of yeast and cultured butter. Our Taleggio is certified organic.
Farm / Company: Casa Arrigoni/Rogers Collection
Proprietor: Arrigoni Valtaleggia SpA
City, State: Lombardy
Region: Taleggio Valley
Milk Type: Cow
Milk Treatment: Pasteurized
Aging: 40 days
Size(s): 4.5 pound wheel