Apr 9, 2009
We are very excited about the arrival of new products from the region of Basilicata in a few weeks! We are especially proud to be bringing in these products because Basilicata is where our family originally comes from. Next month we will be offering a new expanded selection of products from this region including dry ricotta dura, a new line of organic pasta, specialty peppers, pistachio cream and a local Caciocavallo.
Coming from the Pasta Filata family, Caciocavallo is produced in Calabria, Campania, Puglia, Abruzzo, Molise and Basilicata, differing slightly from region to region. Caciocavallo is a strange name for a cheese, literally translating to “horse cheese,” however, it is made from cow’s milk! The name comes from the fact that two cheeses are tied to each other with string tied to the knob at the top and then slung over wooden carpenter’s horses to age. The knobs at the top of the cheese resemble old harnesses of horses. Young, fresh Caciocavallo has a mild flavor, and the texture is soft and creamy. As it ages, Caciocavallo becomes sharper and has a dry texture.
We currently have Caciocavallo Silano DOP available from other regions if you would like to try it before we get the one from Basilicata in.
We will be sharing with you neat tidbits of information like this about other products from Basilicata as they come in, so be sure to check back for more info! We wish you all a very safe, fun and happy Easter!
Lou Di Palo