PECORINO ALLA CANAPA
Milk: Raw Sheep
Type: Semi Hard – Hemp Leaf wrapped
Region: Emilia Romagna, Italy
Pairings: Crisp, acidic white wines, hoppy beers, fresh cracked white pepper and EVOO
Paolo, cheesemaker, revived this cheese a few years ago that was originally made by his grandmother. He covers these small wheels in fresh hemp leaves and then ages them in wooden barrels for 2 months, replacing the leaves as they dry. The leaves help protect the cheese and the wooden barrels help hold in the moisture from the leaves. This aging process gives the cheese a unique flavor full of grassy and woodsy notes with a bright tangy finish.