Grana Padano The best parmesan cheese I've ever tasted. Even if you don't like parmesan (it's "stinky"), give it a try. A little pricier, but well worth it. Sweet, nutty, moist, and not "stinky" at all!
Grana Padano is a hard, all natural Italian cheese. Grana Padano was first created by Cistercian monks approximately 1,000 years ago as way for the dairy farmers of northern Italy's Po Valley to preserve excess milk from their herds. By the 15th century, Grana Padano was one of the most popular cheeses in Italy, and today continues to be Italy's best selling cheese worldwide. "Grana" comes from Latin for grainy, as this cheese does have a grainy texture.
Grana Padano, granted DOP on 12 June 1996, is one of the few cheeses that can possibly compete with the King of Cheeses; Parmigiano-Reggiano. Created by the Cistercian monks of Chiaravalle in the 12th century, it is still made throughout the Po River Valley in northeastern Italy.
An unusual and pretty way to serve butter - the rosemary flowers add colour and a subtle rosemary taste, whilst the Grana Padano cheese adds an extra flavour that is fabulous when spread on warm bread and/or sandwiches, toast and bread rolls.