Your Guide to Parmigiano Reggiano, the King of Cheese

It's the real deal — and we mean it. We hand-select our wheels from Italy each year and hand-crack them in our stores.

Parmigiano Reggiano (aka the King of Cheese) is our #1 selling cheese at Whole Foods Market. Each year, we hand-select the wheels from Italy and hand-crack them in our stores. Why? So that you can bring home a fresh and delicious wedge. Learn all about Parmigiano Reggiano below.

Need to stock up on Parmigiano Reggiano? Stop by our Cheese department or Prime members can shop online for pickup or delivery.

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What is Parmigiano Reggiano?

Parmigiano Reggiano is an Italian hard cheese made with raw cow’s milk. It’s also one of Italy’s most respected cheeses. The name is a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin), and it can only be made in the Emilia-Romagna region, composed of Reggio-Emilia, Parma, Modena, and portions of Bologna and Mantua.

What Makes Our Parmigiano Reggiano Special?

Each year, we visit northern Italy and select wheels based on the flavor profile we believe is best — intense and complex, with nutty, sweet, grassy, creamy and fruity flavors. We buy from just a handful of producers that we know personally.

Here are three facts about the Parmigiano Reggiano at Whole Foods Market:

1. Incomparable taste from aging 24 months.

That “crystal crunch” is tyrosine crystals, which only appear after at least 15 months of aging. Sweet, salty, nutty, grassy, creamy and fruity flavors are perfectly balanced at 24 months.

2. Hand-selected to be in the top 1%.

We’ve teamed up with small producers for more than 20 years to get the best-tasting wheels made from flavorful milk. The wheels we choose are in the top 1% of all Parmigiano Reggiano graded for quality.

3. Hand-cracked in-house for freshest flavor.

When we hand-crack the wheels in our stores, it’s proof that every piece of cheese is the original. Our team members are trained to use tools that have been used for hundreds of years to crack along curd lines to get the best aromatics and flavors.

How to Enjoy Parmigiano Reggiano

Once you’ve secured your wedge of Parmigiano Reggiano, how are you going to prepare it? Give these easy ideas and palate-pleasing recipes a try.

Look for Parmigiano Reggiano in our Cheese department. Need pairing advice? Look for a Certified Cheese Professional or expert cheesemonger. Their expertise can guide you to perfect accoutrements to serve with your cheese.

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