Pecorino Romano: Week 4 of 52 Weeks of Cheese

Purchased at: Trader Joe’s

Cost per pound: $6.49

Aging time: 8+ months

Hardness/style: Hard

Milk type: Raw sheep

Rating (of 10): 7

A classic Italian grating cheese. Very aromatic with a sharp, salty flavor and distinctive notes of umami, one of the five basic tastes. Similar to Parmesan cheese, but I would say the texture of the wedge a bit chalkier and the flavors a tad more complex. It complements and elevates an otherwise simple pasta dish perfectly, and for this price per pound, it’s hard to pass up.


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