is one of the most famous cheeses of Italy
. It is the same colour as straw
, is very hard and has a rich, strong flavour.
In order to maintain the high quality
of this cheese, the Italian government
has imposed strict rules on the way it is made. If a cheese maker does not follow the rules, he cannot call his cheese Parmesan.
Parmesan must be made by hand
, with fresh milk from cows
grazing near Parma between 1 April and 11 November each year. The cheese is left to mature
for at least eighteen months before it is sold.