This soft, square-shaped cheese gets its name from the beautiful Val Taleggio, or Taleggio Valley, in the province of Bergamo, Lombardy. We've had many a Taleggio, and we've fallen in love with this version. It might be the high-quality milk used, or it might be the fact that we are importing the cheese directly from Italy, which gives us more control over the care and handling of the cheese as it travels from the producer to our cave. In any case, this is a wonderful example of an Italian classic. It is made with fresh cow's milk, and as it ages, it is washed with a mixture of salt and water. Over time, it develops a moist rind and a funky aroma which gives the interior of the cheese a milky yet strong flavor with notes of hay and nuts.
Photo by Suzie Yates.