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Bella Lodi

  • Made from unpasteurized cow's milk

  • Country of origin: Italy

  • Region: Lodi

  • Family: Parmesan

  • Type: hard, artisan

  • Texture: crumbly, flaky and grainy

  • Rind: natural

  • Colour: white

  • Flavour: full-flavored

  • Aroma: aromatic, rich

  • Vegetarian: yes

  • Producers: Lodigrana

  • Synonyms: Black Parmesan

  • Alternative spellings: Lodigrana Bella Lodi, Bella Lodi Raspadura

Known as the Black Parmesan, Bella Lodi cheese is an exquisite Italian cheese made by only one dairy in an ancient town of South Park Adda. The cheese is matured for 18 months, during which it develops its unique texture, colour and smell. It is often associated with its characteristic black rind. This peculiar blackened rind is achieved only when the wheels are hand coated with a mixture of clay called "umber" (ochre), grape seed oil and carbon black. The coating on the rind differentiates it from various Parmesan-style cheeses as well as is a tribute to the Lodi tradition.

Bella Lodi is made without preservatives or added allergens, using milk that comes from cows in the Lodi area. It is white in colour, with an intense and fragrant smell; full flavour that is not too sharp or salty. The characteristics do not change much even in summer. There is a version of Bella Lodi that is produced with "GMO-free vegetarian rennet".

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