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Crescenza cheese, also known as Stracchino, is a type of Italian fresh cheese, typical of Lombardy, Piedmont, and Veneto.

The name 'Crescenza' is derived from the Italian word 'stracca', which means 'tired' in English. It is said that the cheese made from the milk of tired cows moving seasonally up and down the Alps, is rich in fats and more acidic in nature.

Crescenza is a very soft cheese with creamy, spreadable texture and no rind. It usually has a mild and delicate flavour.

This rich, fresh cheese is ideally eaten on its own or paired with fresh rocket salad and prosciutto. It is also used on pizzas, in risottos or baked in focaccia. As a part of cheese board, Crescenza is usually served besides a selection of jams and honey.

  • Made from pasteurized cow's or water buffalo's milk
  • Country of origin: Italy
  • Region: Lombardy, Piedmont, and Veneto
  • Family: Italian Cheese
  • Type: fresh soft, artisan
  • Fat content: 51%
  • Texture: buttery, creamy and spreadable
  • Rind: rindless
  • Colour: white
  • Flavour: creamy, mild, sweet
  • Aroma: pleasant, rich
  • Vegetarian: yes
  • Producers: Various
  • Synonyms: Stracchino

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