Canestrato pugliese PDO
PDO - Protected Designation of Origin
Canestrato Pugliese is a hard texture and raw cheese, obtained from
whole milk of sheep "razza gentile di Puglia", whose origins are linked
to the merinos breed.
The name of this cheese derives from the rush
baskets where it gets seasoned. And these rush baskets, called
"fiscelle", are one of the most traditional handicrafts of Apulia. The
taste, more delicate in the fresh cheese and more intense in the
long-seasoning cheese, is sharp and slightly spicy. Its taste derives
from the kind of pasture and milk - mainly dried lamb's rennet
preserved with dried orange and lemon peel and nettle leaves.
- Product Category: Cheese
- Official Name in G.U. List: Canestrato pugliese DOP (canestrato foggiano or pecorino dauno)
- Production Areas: Production and seasoning in all the territory of Foggia and in some
Municipalities in the Province of Bari: Altamura, Andria, Bitonto,
Canosa, Cassano, Corato, Gravina di Puglia, Grumo Appula, Minervino
Murge, Modugno, Poggiorsini, Ruvo di Puglia, Santeramo, Spinazzola,
Terlizzi, and Toritto.
- Production Period: from December to May
- Remarks: Canestrato
Pugliese is largely combined with broad beans, pears, or raw vegetables
dipped in olive oil with pepper and salt, accompanied by dry white or
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