Parmigiano Reggiano cheese was originally known simply as grana, but in order to distinguish it from Grana Padano the decision was made to change its name in 1955. The production area for Italian Parmigiano includes the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia and Modena, as well as the parts of Mantova and Bologna delineated by the Po and Reno rivers. It is a territory that has become famous as a “treasure island” for food enthusiasts. Tradition holds that in the presence of Parmigiano Reggiano, elders took off their hats as a sign of homage.
The nutritional virtues of Italian Parmigiano Reggiano are recognized in the dietary protocols of pediatricians in a number of Italian regions, which include it among suggested foods for weaning babies. Thanks to its high level of essential proteins and amino acids, calcium and various mineral salts, this cheese is a full member of the category of perfect nutriments for a healthy and balanced diet.
Historic documents attest to the export of Italian Parmigiano Reggiano to England as far back as the 17th century. An impeccable symbol of its origins, this precious Emilian cheese, long appreciated throughout the world, continues today to show a marked tendency towards exports.