Spressa delle Giudicarie cheese

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Spressa delle Giudicarie cheese


Spressa delle Giudicarie is a cheese made from the raw milk of cows of the Rendena (native), Bruna, Grigio Alpina, Frisona (Friesian) and Pezzata Rossa breeds. The milk must be the product of two or three successive milkings and undergo natural partial skimming.

It is a compact, cylindrical, medium-hard cheese with a straight or slightly convex heel; its crust is either greyish-brown or dark ochre in colour. The paste, markedly elastic in the case of giovane (young) cheeses, is white or pale straw in colour with scattered small or medium-sized holes.

The flavour varies from sweet to sapid with a very faint hint of bitterness after extensive ripening.

The weight varies from 7 to 10 kg, the diameter from 30 to 35 cm and the height of the heel from 8 to 11 cm.

The fat content, expressed as a percentage of the dry matter, varies from a minimum of 29 % to a maximum of 39 %; the moisture content too varies, from 32 % to 40 % in the case of ‘giovane’ cheeses and from 28 % to 38 % in the case of ‘stagionati’ (mature) cheeses, the minimum ripening period being three months and six months respectively.

Geographical area:

Milk production and the making and ripening of the cheese all take place in the Giudicarie, Chiese, Rendena and Ledro valleys, in municipalities situated in the province of Trento.

Proof of origin:

There are very early references to the cheese, dating as far back as the ‘Regola di Spinale e Manez’ of 1249. More recently, Marini's ‘Urbario’ for 1915 and 1916 describes ‘Spressa da polenta’ as a typical cheese.

Other references can be found in invoices and production and sales ledgers for Spressa for 1926-34 of the Caseificio di Coltura, a cheese factory in Ragoli, one of the municipalities in the area referred to above.

The proof of the origin is further underpinned by the detailed rules to which the milk producers and the cheese makers and ripeners agree to conform in order to guarantee that the product can at all times be traced on the basis of entries in registers verified by the inspection body.

Method of production:

The milk used in the production of Spressa delle Giudicarie comes from cows of the Rendena (native), Bruna, Grigio Alpina, Frisona (Friesian) and Pezzata Rossa breeds fed on permanent pasture hay, mainly grasses. In accordance with a well-established tradition, no milk produced on alpine pastures or obtained from cows fed on grass only or any type of silage is used.

After being part-skimmed naturally the raw milk is heated in large pans and bovine rennet added.

Curdling is brought about at a temperature of 35 °C ± 2 °C and takes 20 to 50 minutes. Once their consistency is roughly that of rice grains the curds are cut and the solids partially cooked at a temperature of 42 °C ± 2 °C, stirring throughout.

After being left in whey for up to 65 minutes, the curds are taken out and put in special moulds.

Then, after further standing for 24 hours, the cheese undergoes salting (dry or in brine) over a period of eight to 12 days. Ripening then takes place in suitable chambers at a temperature of 10 to 20 °C and humidity of 80 % or more but not more than 90 %.

The production area centred on the Valli Giudicarie was originally limited to parts of the Val del Chiese and the Val Rendena but came to comprise the area described at 4.3, without, however, including other areas in the Trentino or the neighbouring province of Brescia.

The area has certain objective particularities due to: its mountainous relief; its Alpine-like climate, with cold, dry winters and fairly cool and wet summers; and, above all, its flora, with its numerous endemic species found in rocky areas but also in mountain pastures.

On account of its major nutritional role and its contribution to the local economy, cheese production has been decisive in maintaining large swaths of the population and arresting the harmful depopulation of the countryside in mountain areas.

According to the most recent figures an estimated 24 000 ‘Spressa delle Giudicarie’ cheeses are produced from a total of 2,7 million litres of milk supplied by 150 farms.

Reference: The European Commission

Calories in different varieties and various types of cheeses

The number of calories in various types of cheese is very similar when you compare your cheese to a similar types of cheese.

For example, almost cheeses that are similar to Cheddar cheese have around 400 calories per 100g

If the Spressa delle Giudicarie cheese is not listed below, select a similar type of cheese from the list below to get a rough idea for the number of calories in Spressa delle Giudicarie cheese.

The calorie lists are sortable by clicking the up and down arrows in the heading columns

Cheese type Calories per 100g
American cheese 371
Blue cheese 353
Camembert cheese 299
Cheddar cheese 402
Cottage cheese 98
Edam cheese 357
Farmer's cheese 98
Feta cheese 264
Fontina cheese 389
Goat cheese 364
Gouda cheese 356
Gruyere cheese 413
Mozzarella cheese 280
Parmesan cheese 431
Pimento cheese 375
Provolone cheese 352
Queso blanco cheese 310
Ricotta cheese 174
Roquefort cheese 369
Swiss cheese 380

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