|Country of Origin||Italy|
|Age||1 to 7 months|
|Milk||Bruna Alpina Raw Cows’ Milk|
|Weight and shape||5 to 15 kg (11 to 33 lb)|
|Size||Diameter 40 to 45 cm (16 to 18 inches), Height 9 cm (3.5 inches)|
|Taste||Young: Sweet, milky; Matured: Nutty with a hint of grass and hay|
|Pairing||Valcalepio Rosso, Black rye bread, Polenta, Honey|
|Texture||Thin & smooth rind; Solid paste|
|Color||Yellow-brown rind; straw-yellow paste (more golden when matured)|
This cheese is originated from a small village of Branzi in Bergamo, hence the name.
Branzi cheese uses the raw milk of Bruna Alpina (Brown Mountain) cows. In the past, this cheese was only produced in Alpine huts during the summer. Today, it is produced on all seasons.
Branzi Tasting Notes
The average aging period is between 1 to 7 months.
When young, Branzi has a milky and sweet taste. The flavor gets more intense as the cheese ages. When aged, it tastes stronger, have nutty flavor with hints of grass and hay.
How to Enjoy Branzi (PAIRING)
The locals would grade in over gnocchi or place a slice of Branzi cheese over hot polenta.
This cheese also goes well with fruits (suitable on most fruit platters); but especially with Passacrassana pears.
Alternatively, eating this cheese with honey and black rye bread is a brilliant choice for a quick and healthy snack.
Beverage wise, Branzi pairs well with most full-bodied red wines. If you can get a hold of Lomardia’s red wine such as Valcalepio Rosso then it will be a big added bonus.
Our favorite raw organic honey to go with Branzi:
- 48 ounce jar
- USDA Organic,Non-GMO Project Verified
- Leaping Bunny Qualified,US Grade A 100% Honey
- Note: The original item will be in a foggy appearance due to minimal filtration of honey, so that it retains all the pollens, enzymes and propolis, which adds to the benefits of eating honey vs. conventional sugar.
- The honey can be heated in a warm water bath to return it to a liquid state.
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