Upper Elvo Raw Milk Butter

Italy

Piedmont

Milk and milk products

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Upper Elvo Raw Milk Butter

The many springs in the mountain pastures of the upper Elvo Valley, near Biella, have encouraged the production over the centuries of butter made from risen cream and toma cheeses made from the resulting skimmed milk. This is unlike the nearby Valsesia, known for Macagn made from whole milk.
Anything left after the butter and cheese have been made is used for various types of ricotta: fiurì (a liquid ricotta, eaten with polenta), mascarpin (a fresher ricotta) and srasc (an aged, smoked ricotta, formed into small balls). Pezzata Rossa d’Oropa cattle are farmed around here, a native, hardy breed well suited to the steep pastures.

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Season

Produced from June to September.

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The Presidium wants to promote the butter made in the summer in mountain dairies, where the cheesemakers still live in ancient stone huts and where butter is still kept in fraidel, the dialect name for the stone tanks inside the houses fed by the gelid spring water. The producers have preserved the old wooden butter molds, which they use to imprint on the butter pats the symbols historically used to identify which family produced them: flowers, animals or initials.

Production area
Upper Elvo valley mountain pastures, Biella province

Presidium supported by: Ecomuseo Valle Elvo e Serra
Serafino Peretto
Pollone (Bl)
Cascina Piandremo
tel. +39 338 2131375

Lorenzo Ramella
Sordevolo (Bl)
Cascina Lama
tel. +39 368 7546608


Arcangelo Rosso Baietto
Netro (Bl)
Cascina Castagnolio
tel. +39 015 65295
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Giuseppe Pidello
Tel. +39 349 3269048
coordinatore@ecomuseo.it

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Paola Rondolotto
tel. +39 331 9738993
info@formaggi-tipici.it
The Presidium wants to promote the butter made in the summer in mountain dairies, where the cheesemakers still live in ancient stone huts and where butter is still kept in fraidel, the dialect name for the stone tanks inside the houses fed by the gelid spring water. The producers have preserved the old wooden butter molds, which they use to imprint on the butter pats the symbols historically used to identify which family produced them: flowers, animals or initials.

Production area
Upper Elvo valley mountain pastures, Biella province

Presidium supported by: Ecomuseo Valle Elvo e Serra
Serafino Peretto
Pollone (Bl)
Cascina Piandremo
tel. +39 338 2131375

Lorenzo Ramella
Sordevolo (Bl)
Cascina Lama
tel. +39 368 7546608


Arcangelo Rosso Baietto
Netro (Bl)
Cascina Castagnolio
tel. +39 015 65295
Slow Food Presidium Coordinator
Giuseppe Pidello
Tel. +39 349 3269048
coordinatore@ecomuseo.it

Slow Food Presidium Producers’ Coordinator
Paola Rondolotto
tel. +39 331 9738993
info@formaggi-tipici.it

Territory

StateItaly
RegionPiedmont

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CategoriesMilk and milk products