‘The Pecorino Toscano PDO fresh cheese is produced exclusively with sheep’s milk coming from pastures in Tuscany and bordering territories as determined by the regulations of production. Rich in tradition, it is famous around the world for its fresh, delicate taste. When young, under the light yellow rind, this enchanting cheese has a sweet essence and milky aroma, notes which evolve during aging towards a more intense, structured flavour and a surprising aromatic complexity.
Pecorino Toscano PDO’s unique flavour owes itself to milk exclusively from sheep and producing flocks reared on the territory bordered by the Protected Designation of Origin. The sheep belong to different breeds, indigenous (mostly Massese) or imported (Comisana and Sardinian) and are grazed extensively in herb-rich soils that give this cheese a unique, one-of-a-kind flavour. The quality of the food which the sheep is fed directly affects the quality of the milk which it produces and its products. The sheep bred in Tuscany, other than benefiting from the opportunity to graze outside, are fed with high percentages of green fodder, rich in tocopherols and carotenoids that increase the amount of Vitamin A and Vitamin E in the milk. Unlike other Italian cheeses made from sheep’s milk, Pecorino Toscano PDO has a more delicate and harmonious taste. Compared with cheeses made from cow’s milk or mixed milk, it has a stronger taste – never to much so – quite distinctive and different from many generic cheeses.
Pecorino Toscano PDO fresh has a soft paste, with a maturation period of minimum 20 days (usually extended to 45/60 days) and a weight of about 2kg. Pecorino Toscano is produced in a round wheel prominently displaying the brand of the Consortium of Production on the side, indicating the PDO- Denomination of Protected Origin, written in ink. It has a thin yellow rind, uniform, smooth, and soft. The paste is white/clear yellow in color, presenting some small irregular eyes, well distributed. The aroma is well perceived, delicate, of butter and hay. The flavour is immediately and decidedly sweet and extremely clean. The paste is soft to the touch, not dry, and does not stick to the fingers. On mastication, the paste is slightly elastic, partially consistent, without being tough.
Suggestions for use
Tasty on its own as a table cheese, Pecorino Toscano may also be enjoyed in many ways, in hors d’oeuvres, paired with honey, marmalades and caramelized fruit, or blended into delicious salads with the addition of extra virgin olive oil. When enjoyed fresh it presents its signature quality of cheese made from sheep’s milk which is transformed through art and technology into a delicate, ‘refined’ product different from other pecorino cheeses which otherwise present a strong flavour tending towards sapid and spicy.
For more information, please visit the Pecorino Toscano PDO Protection Consortium website.