Pecorino Toscano PDO’s unique flavor owes itself to milk exclusively from sheep and producing flocks reared on the territory bordered by the Protected Designation of Origin. The sheep belong to different breeds, indigenous (mostly Massese) or imported (Comisana and Sardinian) and are grazed extensively in herb-rich soils that give our cheese a unique, one-of-a-kind flavor. The quality of the food which the sheep is fed directly affects the quality of the milk which it produces and its products. The sheep bred in Tuscany, other than benefiting from the opportunity to graze outside, are fed with high percentages of green fodder, rich in tocopherols and carotenoids that increase the amount of Vitamin A and Vitamin E in the milk.
Unlike other Italian cheeses made from sheep’s milk, Pecorino Toscano PDO has a more delicate and harmonious taste. Compared with cheeses made from cow’s milk or mixed milk, it has a stronger taste – never to much so – quite distinctive and different from many generic cheeses.