Pecorino Toscano PDO
Pecorino Toscano is rooted in centuries past and in the herding tradition, the main activity of the Etruscans and the Romans and continued on the following centuries, passing on old cheese-making traditions to the present day. Even today, each slice of Pecorino Toscano PDO has an ancient, centuries-old flavor and brings with it centuries of sacrifice, passion and commitment to guarantee a high-quality product.
This “cacio”, as it was called in the beginning and even today in Tuscany, was written for the first time by Pliny the Elder in his “Naturalis Historia” document. It is written that, a fine cheese arrived in Rome from a city of Etruscan origin called Luni, today known as Lunigiana. Pliny the Elder mentions this cheese called Lunense, noting its particular goodness and size.
In 1400 Pecorino Toscano was mentioned for the first time as “marzolino cheese”, in reference to the production period which began in March and lasted all of spring. According to historical sources, marzolino cheese was very welcome at banquets, so much so that it was enjoyed by famous people such as Lorenzo the Magnificent. In the fifteenth century, in a text written by Platina, the ” Etruria’s Marzolino “, like “Parmigiano”, was celebrated as the best cheese in all of Italy.
To this very day, as in the past, Pecorino Toscano has always represented the Tuscan dairy tradition, and can become an ambassador with its Protected Designation of Origin all over the world. Its unique flavor and delicacy recounts a century-long history that goes from the Etruscans to the present day with its quality and close ties with the territory.