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Key Differences: Grana Padano vs Parmigiano Reggiano

  • Origin: Grana Padano originates from the Po River Valley, while Parmigiano Reggiano comes from specific regions in Italy, including Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Mantua, and Bologna.
  • Milk: Grana Padano is made from partially skimmed cow's milk, while Parmigiano Reggiano is crafted using whole cow's milk.
  • Ageing: Grana Padano is aged for a minimum of 9 months, while Parmigiano Reggiano has a longer minimum ageing requirement of 12 months. Both cheeses can be aged for much longer periods.
  • Flavour and Texture: Grana Padano has a slightly milder and sweeter flavour with a firmer texture, while Parmigiano Reggiano tends to be more complex, nutty, and crumbly with a richer taste.
  • Wheel Markings: Grana Padano wheels have a dotted diamond pattern on the rind, while Parmigiano Reggiano wheels have a distinctive pin-dot pattern.
  • Geographic Designation: Both cheeses have Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status, ensuring they adhere to specific production standards. Grana Padano has a broader production area, including the Po River Valley, Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, and Trentino, while Parmigiano Reggiano is limited to its designated regions.

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