Why is parmesan so expensive

Buy parmesan: grated or whole?

Status: 05/17/2019 11:50 a.m. | archive

Parmesan gives pasta dishes a spicy taste. Many swear by slicing the hard cheese fresh over the pasta. But Parmesan varieties such as Grana Padano and Parmigiano Reggiano are already grated in the bag. Markt compares five varieties (price per 150 grams):

  • Grana Padano from Aldi, Lidl and Penny for 1.59 euros each
  • Grana Padano, aged for at least 16 months, from Edeka for 2.24 euros
  • Parmigiano Reggiano from Parmareggio for 3.35 euros

Markt has the cheese examined in the laboratory for mold and cellulose added as a trickling aid. Experienced Italian restaurateurs judge the taste.

Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano

Parmesan has become the epitome of Italian grated cheese. The best known are the varieties Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano:

  • Parmigiano Reggiano may only come from the regions around Parma or directly from Parma. The maturation period is at least twelve months.
  • Grana Padano may only be produced in the Po Valley, which stretches from the western Alps to the Adriatic coast. It must mature for at least nine months.

Both types of Parmesan usually ripen much longer than prescribed before they are sold.

Preservatives in Grana Padano

The Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano Parmesan varieties are made from raw milk. The cows that supply the milk for the Grana Padano can be fed with so-called fermentation feed (silage). This can get microbes into the milk, which form holes in the cheese as it ripens. To prevent this, some manufacturers add lysozyme to Grana Padano. The preservative kills the bacteria that are responsible for the hole formation. The use of fermentation feed and lysozyme is not allowed in the production of Parmigiano Reggiano.

Conclusion: Expensive Parmesan cheese tastes best

Of the grated Parmesan varieties, the testers liked the Parmigiano Reggiano from Parmareggio for 3.35 euros per 150 grams. According to the testers, the tastiest cheap Parmesan in the sample is the Grana Padano from Aldi for 1.59 euros per 150 grams, but it lacks the flavor and freshness of a self-grated Parmesan. In the laboratory tests, molds and added cellulose were not found in any of the Parmesan varieties.

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