Canestrato di Moliterno

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Important Facts
Country of Origin Italy
Specific Origin Matera and Potenza, Basilicata
Certification PGI (2010)
Milk Type 70–90% goat's, 10–30% sheep's
Rind Marked by canestri
Texture Hard
Flavor Varies
Flavor Notes Sweet and delicate, evolving to complex aromas with age; can be treated with olive oil or soot-water mixture
Aroma Varies
Age Fresh, Primitivo (≤6 months), Stagionato (6–12 months), Extra (>12 months)

About Canestrato di Moliterno Cheese

Canestrato di Moliterno is a hard cheese from Italy, recognized for its unique blend of goat’s and sheep’s milk. This cheese, with roots in the 18th century Moliterno, Basilicata, gets its name from the baskets that shape its rind and the village where it matures. Enjoyed fresh or aged, its flavor deepens over time, ranging from sweet to complex.

Originally a farmhouse treasure, Canestrato di Moliterno is now mostly produced in creameries yet remains a regional favorite. Its production follows age-old traditions, ensuring its distinctive taste. The cheese undergoes a strict aging process and is categorized into "Primitivo," "Stagionato," and "Extra," reflecting its quality.

With evidence of cheese production dating back to the 4th century BC, Canestrato di Moliterno's history is rich. It showcases the region's deep agricultural traditions involving specific sheep and goat breeds.

This cheese complements various dishes and pairs well with robust red wines, holding a special place in southern Italy's culinary heritage despite modern changes in production.

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