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Parmesan Cheese

Also Known As : Parmigiano reggiano


Taste Profile

It has a nutty and fruity flavour.

Usage Tips

  1. The best place to store parmesan is the warmest part of the fridge, ie at 4-degree celsius. Moreover, it should be bought as much as can be consumed within a few days.
  2. Parmesan cheese is in itself exotic, and its addition in simple recipes can make them exotic and delicious. They are very much in fashion with wines.
  3. Here are some recipes with parmesan cheese: Parmesan asparagus, Bruschetta chicken, Zucchini onion pie, Parmesan zucchini bread, Dijon crusted fish, etc.

Common names and forms

  1. Parmesan
  2. Parmesan Cheese (milk)


Parmesan, which is famously known as Parmigiano-Reggiano, is one of the most renowned Italian cheese down the era. It has a long drawn history that stretches from the 13th and 14th centuries to the present modern times. At present they are created in two affirm regions of Italy, namely Bologna and Mantua, with a strict government affirmation that allows only cheese processed in these five provinces to receive official honour of Parmigiano-Reggiano, thereafter it is exported to the world as Parmesan cheese. The very concept of naming a food after their place of origin dates back to the Roman empire. But this practice continued even after their fall, nonetheless the Italians embedded the very legacy, it was the monks in Parma who prepared this artisan cheese during the middle age, and this very practice of producing these artisan cheese trailed within the nobility at the time of the Renaissance, and was known as caseum paramensis in Latin, and Pramsan in the local dialect. These are generally hard, artisan, dry Italian cheese, which is produced from skim cow’s milk with a crystalline, dense and grainy texture, and is straw-coloured. They are often grated over pasta, used in soups, risottos, etc, not only that it is also eaten on its own as snacks, and is branded top amongst all other cheese. The authentic Parmesan is moulded with a stencil, notifying where and when it was made and is often aged 2 years. They are available all round the year.  These Parmesan cheese are rich in nutrients like vitamin B 12, which is good for the nervous system and blood formation. They also have B complex that plays a vital role in converting food into energy, thereby breaking carbohydrates down into sugars that the body requires to function. And has a very low-calorie count.

Health benefits

  • Parmesan is easier to digest as it does not contain casein, a protein that is generally present in various dairy products. Thus it contains a very high amount of protein than any other cheese and does not cause any irritation after consumption.(1) 
  • It contains a minimal amount of lactose, hence it can be consumed by those who are intolerant to lactose.(1) 
  • Parmesan happens to be a great source of Vitamin B such as Vitamin B12, choline and biotin, whereby these help in modulating the brain and the nervous system. They synthesize neurotransmitters such as serotonin and hormone melatonin that regulates sleep.(2) 
  • They are also a good source of vitamin A, which is said to be a fat-soluble nutrient and antioxidant properties with the potentials to boost the immune system, they also contribute to good skin health and good eyesight.(2) 

Selection Guide

Parmesan should generally taste sweet and fruity, with slightly lipolytic, and have a firm, dry and close texture.

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