Marks and Spencer
The best Parmesan.
A true Parmesan cheese is called Parmigiano Reggiano as other cheeses masquerading as Parmesan are officially known as “grana,” but they do not have the unique coarse, crunchy yet buttery quality of the real thing.
The Parmigiano Reggiano sold in a wedge at M&S has been made in the Canossa Valley in Reggio Emilia - one of the most important Italian provinces for the production of the famous cheese. It has been matured for over 24 months, and carries the highest quality standard “Extra” which is an accolade given to few Parmesan cheeses.
You must buy the wedge - but try to find the bigger one, which has a weight that is over 300g, as the texture and taste is better. Grate it freshly every time you use it, unless you are simply tempted to eat chunks of it with a glass of wine!
Always use this for Italian cooking.
More than 24 months matured from the Canossa Valley.
300g pack, price by weight
(or 200g pack, £6)
Price and availability as at 31st July 2014