Historically created in Northern Italy, Grana Padano is a "soft-spoken brother" to Parmesan Reggiano. It has the same salty, nutty parm taste, but is a little more subdued. At the end of the cheese-making process, Grana Padano develops a firm, thick, and deeply straw-colored rind protecting the fragrant, dry, flaking interior. Grana means “grainy” in Italian which is reflected in the fine granular texture with an intensely sweet flavor. As Grana Padano ages, the flavors become pronounced, savory and complex and the texture becomes more crumbly. Excels as a flavor booster to most meals, enhancing the flavors of the main ingredient without quashing it. Particularly good in dishes with a cream sauce, or au gratin type meals.