Farindola Pecorino

Italy

Abruzzo

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This is a unique pecorino, because it is made with pig’s rennet (the only cheese of it’s kind in Italy and maybe the world), which gives it a distinctive smell and flavor. Making cheese with pig’s rennet has a very old history, with "Vestini cheese, made with pig’s rennet, already known in Roman times.
In the past, Farindola was a densely populated town with large sheep stocks as a result of its very extensive public pastureland. Its cheese was sold at the biggest markets of Penne and Loreto Aprutino, where it was highly prized.
It is still produced today in very small quantities in a small area on the eastern slopes of the Gran Sasso massif, mainly within the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, and it is produced only by women, who hand down the recipe from generation to generation.
The milk comes from hand-milked sheep that are reared in the wild for a large part of the year. The cheese is produced by curdling the milk, which is heated to 35°C, and breaking the curd into tiny pieces (about the size of a grain of corn). It is then taken out of the cauldron and put into wicker baskets, which create the characteristic pattern on the surface of the cheese. After dry salting, which happens within 48 hours, the cheese is left to rest in old wooden chests where it is ripened for at least 40 days and for up to one year. The crust, which is regularly anointed with a mixture of extra-virgin olive oil and vinegar, takes on saffron yellow or brown hue, which is streaked by the wicker baskets in which it is placed in the draining phase. The paste is grainy, straw yellow in color and slightly moist, even when the cheese has matured for a long time, which is a result of the rennet and the production method. The moistness gives the cheese a slightly musky aroma (notes of fungus, noble rot and dry wood) and it is extraordinarily mellow in the mouth, with a fine balance of strong flavors and a the taste of sheep’s milk.

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Season

Farindola pecorino is produced all year round. The minimum ripening period established by the Presidium's production standards is three months.

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As a result of depopulation, due to large-scale post-war emigration, sheep farming and pecorino production have become increasingly less important, to the point that production almost disappeared completely in the 1990s, when Farindola pecorino was only produced for home consumption.
Production has only continued as a result of a handful of families passing on traditions.
The Presidium, involving seven producers, has safeguarded and reinvigorated production of this unique cheese. The main aims of the Presidium are to produce the cheese, promote the area and consolidate production. The producers are united in a Consortium, guaranteeing that production standards are upheld.

Production area
Municipality of Farindola and other neighboring municipalities (provinces of Pescara and Teramo).
The producers are all members of the:
Consorzio per la tutela
del Pecorino di Farindola
Farindola (Pe)
via San Rocco, 1
tel. and fax 085 823133
consorzio@pecorinodifarindola.it
www.pecorinodifarindola.it

Raffaele Astolfi
Penne (Pe)
Contrada Colle Paglierone, 2
tel. 085 8236022

Patrizia Cotracci
Penne (Pe)
Contrada Collalto
tel. 085 8215052

Daniele D'Agostino
Penne (Pe)
Contrada Colle Paglierone, 2
tel. 329 6584204
dagdani@gmail.com

Ivana Di Marcantonio
Arsita (Te)
Contrada S. Eusanio
tel. 0861 995578

Mirko Marcella
Farindola (Pe)
Contrada Case Bruciate
tel. 085 823443

Masserie del Parco
Arsita (Te)
Contrada Pantane
tel. 0861 1855863 - 347 1245135
masseriedelparco@libero.it

Carlo Vervenna
Farindola (Pe)
Contrada Scorransi
tel. 085 8236057
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator:
Sandro Rossi
Tel. 360 314336
sandrorossi.pe@tiscali.it

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator:
Fiorenzo Sarto
tel. 347 1245135
masseriedelparco@libero.it
As a result of depopulation, due to large-scale post-war emigration, sheep farming and pecorino production have become increasingly less important, to the point that production almost disappeared completely in the 1990s, when Farindola pecorino was only produced for home consumption.
Production has only continued as a result of a handful of families passing on traditions.
The Presidium, involving seven producers, has safeguarded and reinvigorated production of this unique cheese. The main aims of the Presidium are to produce the cheese, promote the area and consolidate production. The producers are united in a Consortium, guaranteeing that production standards are upheld.

Production area
Municipality of Farindola and other neighboring municipalities (provinces of Pescara and Teramo).
The producers are all members of the:
Consorzio per la tutela
del Pecorino di Farindola
Farindola (Pe)
via San Rocco, 1
tel. and fax 085 823133
consorzio@pecorinodifarindola.it
www.pecorinodifarindola.it

Raffaele Astolfi
Penne (Pe)
Contrada Colle Paglierone, 2
tel. 085 8236022

Patrizia Cotracci
Penne (Pe)
Contrada Collalto
tel. 085 8215052

Daniele D'Agostino
Penne (Pe)
Contrada Colle Paglierone, 2
tel. 329 6584204
dagdani@gmail.com

Ivana Di Marcantonio
Arsita (Te)
Contrada S. Eusanio
tel. 0861 995578

Mirko Marcella
Farindola (Pe)
Contrada Case Bruciate
tel. 085 823443

Masserie del Parco
Arsita (Te)
Contrada Pantane
tel. 0861 1855863 - 347 1245135
masseriedelparco@libero.it

Carlo Vervenna
Farindola (Pe)
Contrada Scorransi
tel. 085 8236057
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator:
Sandro Rossi
Tel. 360 314336
sandrorossi.pe@tiscali.it

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator:
Fiorenzo Sarto
tel. 347 1245135
masseriedelparco@libero.it

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StateItaly
RegionAbruzzo

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