Made from pasteurized cow's milk
Country of origin: Italy
Region: Aosta Valley and Piedmont regions of Northern Italy
Fat content: 45%
Colour: pale yellow
Flavour: buttery, creamy, tangy
Producers: Cherry Grove Farm, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company & The Fork, Various
Toma is one of the most famous Italian cheeses. Its name is derived from the process of cheese making. 'Toma' actually means 'cheese made by the farmer himself'!
It is produced primarily in Aosta Valleys and Piedmont regions of Northern Italy. Famous as the region's specialties, this soft or semi-hard cheese is made from Italian cow's milk.
Closely related to the French tome, Toma comes in variety of types. Every type is usually named after the region and the place where it is made. Toma Piemontese variety, which has PDO status (Protected Designation of Origin) under EU, comes from Piedmont legislation while Toma di Gressoney, which is recognized as ‘Prodotto agroalimentare tradizionale’, comes from Gressoney Valley.
When grilled and served with melets, burgers, sauces and casseroles, the cheese tastes best. It also goes well with Peaches, honey, fruit compotes, Fig jam, Toasted nuts, Balsamic syrup, and Sautéed greens.