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Parmigiano Reggiano: The Center of the Cheese Universe

If you’re not acquainted with the center of the cheese universe, Parmigiano Reggiano, let's give you a taste of this astronomical fromage!

Where in the world does it come from?

With production traceable to as early as the 13th century, authentic Parmigiano Reggiano comes from a single region in Northern Italy, the Po River Valley, composed of Reggio Emilia, Parma, Modena and portions of Bologna and Mantua. The rolling hills and green pastures create the perfect environment for the cows milked for this cheese, which is still made in small batches using artisanal methods. Each wheel is aged for 24 months to bring out the full taste and texture of this exceptional cheese.

Each year, our cheese buyers visit the region to select wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano based on the taste profile we believe is best — intense and complex, with nutty, sweet, grassy, creamy and fruity flavors. We buy from just a handful of producers whom we know personally.

The center of the cheese universe, the star of your plate

Experience this otherworldly cheese in some of our favorite recipes. Remember, with bold flavors like Parmigiano Reggiano, a little goes a long way!

Countdown to PARMAGEDDON

To celebrate the landing of this cheese in our stores, we’ll attempt to take back our Guinness World Record for the Most Parmesan Cheese Wheels Cracked Simultaneously. We’ll be cracking more than 400 wheels to earn the title. This stellar event happens at all our stores on Saturday, March 9 at exactly 3pm EST. Join us and watch your local cheese monger crack open a wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano, and enjoy samples, recipe demonstrations and more. Check with your local store for details.

There’s more at wholefoodsmarket.com/parmageddon.

How do you have a blast with Parmigiano Reggiano?