Grana Padano cheese

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Grana Padano cheese

Grana Padano is one of the most popular PDO cheeses of Italy. The name comes from the noun ‘grana’ (‘grain’), which refers to the distinctively grainy texture of the cheese, and the adjective Padano, which refers to the valley Pianura Padana.

The cheese was created by the Cistercian monks of Chiaravalle who used ripened cheese as a way of preserving surplus milk. By the year 1477, it was regarded as one of the most famous cheeses of Italy. Today, similar products are made in the regions of Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Piemonte, Trentino, and Veneto.

Like Parmesan, Grana Padano is a semi-fat, hard cheese which is cooked and matured slowly (for up to 18 months). It is produced by curdling the milk of grass-fed cows. The cows are milked twice a day; the milk is left to stand, and then partially creamed. It is produced year round and the quality can vary seasonally as well as by year. Generally similar to Parmesan it is less crumbly, milder and less sharp tasting than its famous relative.

A wheel of Grana Padano is cylindrical, with slightly convex or almost straight sides and flat faces. It measures 35 to 45 cm in diameter, and 15 to 18 cm in height. It weighs 24 to 40 kg per wheel. The rind, which is thin, is white or straw yellow.

Calories in different varieties and various types of cheeses

The number of calories in various types of cheese is very similar when you compare your cheese to a similar types of cheese.

For example, almost cheeses that are similar to Cheddar cheese have around 400 calories per 100g

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Cheese type Calories per 100g
American cheese 371
Blue cheese 353
Camembert cheese 299
Cheddar cheese 402
Cottage cheese 98
Edam cheese 357
Farmer's cheese 98
Feta cheese 264
Fontina cheese 389
Goat cheese 364
Gouda cheese 356
Gruyere cheese 413
Mozzarella cheese 280
Parmesan cheese 431
Pimento cheese 375
Provolone cheese 352
Queso blanco cheese 310
Ricotta cheese 174
Roquefort cheese 369
Swiss cheese 380

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