The cheese I’m referring to is Pecorino Romano, a sharp, dense, flaky-textured, aromatic Italian cheese, used for grating. If you’re on a salt-restricted diet, this cheese is not for you.
Another way to eat Pecorino Romano is to slice off pieces, and place it on a slice of crusty bread or fruit. Pears are an excellent complement to the salty cheese flavor.
The name Romano refers to the ancient Romans, who began making this cheese 2000 years ago. Made from sheep’s milk, Pecorino Romano was a staple in the diet of the legionaries of the ancient Roman army.
Because of its high fat content, a little goes a long way. It’s also high in calcium, and that’s a good thing. Sharper than Parmesan, Pecorino Romano has also been described as hearty, bold, full-flavored, briny, and pungent.
Not to make it a daily habit because of its high fat content, but something of a treat. Good to take on backpacking trips because this cheese won’t spoil easily.
Trader Joe’s sells grated and solid Pecorino Romano, at very reasonable prices.
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