Roman Countryside Caciofiore

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Roman Countryside Caciofiore

Caciofiore can be considered as a kind of ancestor of Pecorino Romano, but is made by adding vegetable rennet obtained from the flowers of globe artichokes (“Cynara scolymus”) or cardoons (“Cynara cardunculus”) to the raw milk. The flowers are picked in the summer to make the vegetable rennet, whose use was very common in Ancient Roman times. The finished Caciofiore has a wrinkled, yellowish rind encasing a soft, compact paste, with small eyes and a surprisingly creamy heart. The flavor is strong and slightly bitter.

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Season

The production period is from October to June.

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The production of Caciofiore is being revived in the countryside around Rome, where cardoons and artichokes flourish. The Presidium’s four producers use specially cultivated cardoon flowers and raw sheep’s milk to produce cheeses with an authentic flavor. The sheep are mostly Sardinian or Comisana, together with a limited number of crossbreeds, Massese and Sopravvissana. The sheep spend several months every year grazing in the countryside. The production protocol does not allow them to be fed silage or GMO feed.

Production area
rural areas around Rome

Presidium supported by
Rome Chamber of Commerce, Azienda Romana per i Mercati
Caseificio De Juliis
Roma
via Giovanni Gregorio Mendel, 151
tel. +39 06 7139146
info@caseificiodejuliis.it
www.caseificiodejuliis.it

Acquaranda
di Massimo Antonini
Trevignano Romano (Roma)
via dello Sboccatore, 8
tel. +39 06 9985301-345 5095512
info@acquaranda.it
www.acquaranda.it

Eredi Ferrazza
Campagnano di Roma (Roma)
Strada di Martignano, snc
tel. e fax +39 06 35344971
andrea@martignano.com
www.martignano.com

La Baita del Formaggio
Capena (Rm)
Via Passo della Lepre, 2c
tel. 06 9085670 - 335 6281033
giuseppe.riti@gmail.com

La Quercia
Guidonia Montecelio (Rm)
Via Enrico Forlanini, 37/39/41
tel. +39 0774 373741
info@laquerciasrl.it

Sergio Pitzalis
Bracciano (Rm)
Via Settevene Palo, 39
tel. 06 9987072
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
William Loria
Tel. +39 06 69792437
w.loria@romamercati.com

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Valentino Affinita
tel. 334 9833629
valentino.affinita@gmail.com
The production of Caciofiore is being revived in the countryside around Rome, where cardoons and artichokes flourish. The Presidium’s four producers use specially cultivated cardoon flowers and raw sheep’s milk to produce cheeses with an authentic flavor. The sheep are mostly Sardinian or Comisana, together with a limited number of crossbreeds, Massese and Sopravvissana. The sheep spend several months every year grazing in the countryside. The production protocol does not allow them to be fed silage or GMO feed.

Production area
rural areas around Rome

Presidium supported by
Rome Chamber of Commerce, Azienda Romana per i Mercati
Caseificio De Juliis
Roma
via Giovanni Gregorio Mendel, 151
tel. +39 06 7139146
info@caseificiodejuliis.it
www.caseificiodejuliis.it

Acquaranda
di Massimo Antonini
Trevignano Romano (Roma)
via dello Sboccatore, 8
tel. +39 06 9985301-345 5095512
info@acquaranda.it
www.acquaranda.it

Eredi Ferrazza
Campagnano di Roma (Roma)
Strada di Martignano, snc
tel. e fax +39 06 35344971
andrea@martignano.com
www.martignano.com

La Baita del Formaggio
Capena (Rm)
Via Passo della Lepre, 2c
tel. 06 9085670 - 335 6281033
giuseppe.riti@gmail.com

La Quercia
Guidonia Montecelio (Rm)
Via Enrico Forlanini, 37/39/41
tel. +39 0774 373741
info@laquerciasrl.it

Sergio Pitzalis
Bracciano (Rm)
Via Settevene Palo, 39
tel. 06 9987072
Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
William Loria
Tel. +39 06 69792437
w.loria@romamercati.com

Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Valentino Affinita
tel. 334 9833629
valentino.affinita@gmail.com

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StateItaly
RegionLazio

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