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Grana Padano

Old Italian semi-hard cheese.

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This semi-hard cow's cheese, similar to Parmigiano Reggiano but less-aged, was created nearly 1,000 years ago in the Po Valley region of Lombardy. It is usually aged for 12-36 months - the maturation period making the cheese more crumbly in texture. Its name is protected under the designations for the origins of cheese and as such the words "Grana" and "Padano" should never be used without the other.