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Caciocavallo Silano
Caciocavallo Silano

The Caciocavallo Silano is among the oldest and most typical pasta filata cheeses from Southern Italy.

Caciocavallo Silano PDO is a semi-hard cheese made from cow's whole milk. This is a "pasta filata" cheese, that is, the same process of "mozzarella" or "provolone".

Caciocavallo Silano PDO has a smooth and thin rind of a straw-yellow colour, the paste is homogeneous and compact tending to white.
Its flavour is very aromatic. When young, it is sweet and mild, while when mature, it is slightly piquant/spicy.


How is it made?

The first stage of production is milking.

Fresh untreated cow milk or thermised at up to 58° for 30 seconds in the cheese dairy.

The milk is then coagulated at a temperature of 36-38 C with calf or kid rennet. When it reaches the optimal consistency, the curd is reduced to lumps: begins a vigorous lactic fermentation for 4 to 10 hours: ripening and stretching phases.

Very fast and energetic movements are performed to mould the Caciocavallo Silano PDO.

The paste is closed at the apex and immersed in water at a temperature of 80-85 C to finish the operation.

The cheeses are then immersed first in water to cool and then in brine for 6 hours. Once the operation is over, they are hung on poles (in pairs) for maturing. After 30 days they can be eaten.


Production area

The Caciocavallo Silano PDO is produced by 18 dairies situated in five regions of South of Italy: Calabria, Basilicata, Campania, Puglia, Molise.

Caciocavallo silano consortium

Consortium for the protection

In 1993 was established the Consortium for the safeguard and in 1996 it was awarded the European P.D.O. denomination (Protected Designation of Origin).

CONSORZIO DI TUTELA FORMAGGIO CACIOCAVALLO SILANO DOP
Via Forgitelle
87052 Camigliatello Silano (CS)
Tel. 0984 570832
WEBSITE: https://www.caciocavallosilano.it/

Some producers


Caseificio Artigiana
Francesco D'Ambruoso s.r.l.
Putignano (BA) https://caseificioartigiana.com/
One of the winner of Super Gold to World Cheese Awards 2022 with a Caciocavallo Silano

caseificio paese caciocavallo silano PDO
Caseificio Zoosilana Paese

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