Cheese, fontina

Fun Facts

  1. Fontina cheese has been made in the Aosta Valley, in the Alps since the 12th century. It has a milk fat content of around 45%.
  2. The original Fontina cheese from Aosta Valley is fairly pungent and has quite an intense flavor, although Fontina-like labeled cheeses that are produced in other countries can be much milder.
  3. Aostan Fontina has a natural rind due to aging, which is usually tan to orange-brown.
  4. Mature Fontina is a hard cheese. Fontina has a mild, somewhat nutty flavor, while rich, herbaceous and fruity.
  5. Fontina is a northern Italian, Alpine pantry staple. At its most basic a table cheese, it can also be melted into sauces, thickly shredded over pasta or pizza, or pressed into a gooey grilled sandwich. The bouncy paste is a bit more supple, mild and sweet than its aged and assertive cousin Fontina Valle d’Aosta.

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