Taleggio cheese has very old origins, perhapswas even being produced before the start of the 10th century. Its origin area is the Val Taleggio, in the province of Bergamo in northern Lombardy - hence the name of the cheese. The inhabitants of this valley, in order to preserve the excess milk, began to produce some cheese that, once seasoned in "caves" or in their valley farm, could be exchanged with other products or commercialised. This soft cheese has a thin rind of soft consistence with a natural rose colour and has a characteristic grey and green light sage coloured mould. It is sweet in taste and slightly aromatic, sometimes with truffle aftertaste; the odour is characteristic and much stronger.