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Fall in Love with Italy’s Grana Padano PDO


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A dense, crystalline cheese from northern Italy, Grana Padano’s flavor-forward notes make it a stellar pairing alongside cured meats, olives, and fresh or dried fruit. It can also be used in recipes, such as pesto, or shaved over pasta or greens. In Italy, Grana Padano is one of the most popular cheeses, long revered for its quality and its longstanding recipe developed by monks in the Po Valley almost 1,000 years ago. Nutrient-rich cow milk from this fertile region makes Grana Padano so special, along with careful aging for at least nine months. Grana Padano is sold at three stages: 9 to 16 months, over 16 months, and Riserva, 20 to over 24 months.  Health conscious? Grana Padano is naturally lactose-free and lower in salt and cholesterol than many other hard cheeses, making it an excellent protein-rich snack. Try it with pistachios and dried apricots.

Pear, Grana Padano, and Prosciutto di San Daniele Salad

grana padano salad

This fall, discover all the reasons to make Italy’s Grana Padano PDO cheese a staple ingredient in your kitchen.  Flavorful, versatile and delicious, Madame Fromage shares how this Italian hard cheese is surprisingly healthy and a great pairing for holiday entertaining spreads and meals at home.


Grana Padano

Grana Padano cheese has been a part of Italy's proud gastronomic heritage for nearly 1000 years. A staple in Italian cuisine, it has become the world's best-selling PDO cheese. It has a fine grainy structure and a mellow, tasty, yet never overpowering, flavor, and can be found aged between 9 months to over 24 months. Grana Padano possesses unique nutritional features and is naturally lactose free due to its production characteristics and the long ageing process.

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