Provolone del Monaco
Provolone del Monaco is a specific type of Provolone cheese originating from the region of Campania. It is produced around Monaco, in the province of Naples, in the Campania region of Italy. Provolone del Monaco has a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status and is produced using traditional methods in the designated region. It is known for its unique production process, which involves hanging the cheese to age in caves. This method imparts distinct characteristics to the cheese and gives it a particular flavour and texture.
Provolone del Monaco has a semi-hard texture that can range from slightly crumbly to firm, depending on the age. As it matures, it can become more granular and crumbly. The cheese has a rich, nutty, and slightly tangy flavour.
The younger version is aged for a few months, and older ones aged for a year or more. The longer it is aged, the stronger and spicier the flavour becomes.
Provolone del Monaco can be enjoyed as a table cheese or used in cooking and baking.