the positive nutritional values of Parmigiano Reggiano (aka Parmesan Cheese)

Let's strike a blow for time! The more time passes, the more Parmesan cheese becomes appetizing.

Dear Ladies: learn from Parmesan cheese and be proud of your time lived, because the more time passes the more you become appetizing in terms of character, experience, depth, flavor, just like Parmesan cheese. In a previous article we wrote: If you don't know the flavour of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese you are loosing a bit of Paradise: now we are going to explain why Parmesan cheese is so good.

Parmesan cheese with a glass of red wine

For Parmesan cheese every age has its own goodness

Parmesan flavor starts after 12/18 months. This is the age of its adolescence with a youth taste which refers to the season of fresh grass and flowers. Due to its characteristics of sweetness and acidity joined together, Parmesan 12/18 months old can be ideal for an aperitif. Offer it to your guests together with a glass of dry white wine or a glass of champagne.

At 22/24 months old, Parmesan cheese becomes adult with all its best characteristics. It has a pronounced aromas and a soluble, friable, granular paste. It is perfect with structured red wines, his taste is exalted in salads if you cut it in petals and dress it with balsamic vinegar. Parmesan cheese 22/24 months old is great with plum, figs and any type of dried fruits.

30 months: this is the age of maturity of Parmesan cheese. At 30 months old Parmesan cheese is really rich in nutrients, it is dry, crumbly and grainy. Its flavor is strong but balanced, with intense aromas of spices and dried fruit. You can combine Parmesan cheese 30 months old with red wines of great structure or with sweet white wines. Enjoy it fully flakes or grated, try it with honey, with fruit compote and with balsamic vinegar from Modena or from Reggio Emilia. Parmesan cheese 30 months old, for its digestibility, is proper to children.

Parmesan cheese is not only good: it's also healthy

Parmigiano Reggiano is healthy because it is rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals. There's more:

  • its enzymes make it highly digestible, so Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is suitable for people intolerant to cow's milk proteins;
  • 10 grams of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, the dose normally consumed with a first course, provides 4-5g of proteins corresponding to the contribution of about 35 grams of meat or fish;
  • 50 grams of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese with seasonal vegetables together with 50 grams of bread is a good meal that provides less than 400 calories.

Let's take a look at the chart below and see how much health 100 grams of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese contain! Values are for 100 grams of Parmigiano Reggiano and the % shows the coverage of daily requirement.

4-6 years old
30-60 years old
30-60 years old
Energy 21% 14% 18%
Proteins 106% 50% 60%
Calcium 139% 111% 111%
Phosphorus 85% 85% 85%
Magnesium 21% 13% 17%
Zinc 40% 22% 27%
Vitamin B2 34% 20% 28%
Vitamin B12 280% 210% 210%
Vitamin A 75% 43% 50%

Sources - Le differenze tra Grana Padano e Parmigiano Reggiano - Il Parmigiano Reggiano: differenze con il Grana Padano

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