In one of the popular supermarket chains, i came across this big block of Parmigiano Reggiano which sells for P2475.00 (about $60.00) per kilo. According to Wiki, the average Parmigiano-Reggiano wheel is about 18–24 centimeters (7.1–9.4 in) high, 40–45 centimeters (16–18 in) in diameter, and weighs 38 kilograms (84 lb). This only means that a wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano costs a whopping P94,050.00 (or about $2294.00).
I could only watch in awe how the famous chefs would generously sprinkle grated Parmigiano Reggiano on their dishes whenever i watch their cooking shows on tv. Since this kind of cheese is very expensive here in my country, the popular alternative cheese i use in cooking is the Parmesan. Before, i used to think that the Parmesan is the English version of the word Parmigiano Reggiano but it is actually the the kind of cheese that imitates the recipe for making the Parmigiano Reggiano.
“Parmigiano-Reggiano is a protected designation of origin or PDO which means that the only cheeses manufactured in a limited area in northern Italy are the ones to be called as Parmigiano Reggiano. However, outside Europe, commercially produced imitation cheeses may be legally sold under the generic name Parmesan.” (from Wiki)
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