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gnubittol
12-06-2006, 12:05 PM
This cheese originates from Southern Italy.
It's a traditional, stretched curd cheese made from cow's milk. It's gourd-shaped and tied at the thin end with a cord to hang. After the period of three months this cheese can be eaten as a table cheese, after the period of two years it is used for grating. There are also smoked versions of this cheese.
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Cavallo means "horse" in Italian and it is said that this cheese was originally made from mare's milk. In Italian language the expression "to end up like Caciocavallo" means to be hanged.

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