Aged for a minimum of 45-days and no more than a few months, Bra Tenero is the youngest, most supple profile of the DOP (Denominazione Origine Protetta) protected cheeses that take their name from a small town in the palm of the northern Italian Alps. For generations, with a fair amount of ease and pragmatism, cheesemakers in the higher alpine valleys have relied on the city of Bra’s centrality and accessibility for aging and marketing their cheeses. Historically speaking, Bra is recognized as an aging hub and central marketplace for trading and selling goods, and much of this activity continues today. Bra Tenero is produced in sweeping valleys at higher-altitude from two-milkings. Only cheesemakers with dairies in the Cuneo province of Piedmont are eligible to make Bra Tenero under the DOP rules.
This bodacious cylindrical wheel is denoted by a limestone gray rind and an open texture dotted with holes (eyes). The pliable, ivory white to straw yellow texture is driven by notes of fresh cream, grass, raw nuts, and clean, gulp-worthy mountain air.
Food: Break into some classic Piedmontese “breadsticks” known as grissini, and drizzle some floral honey into the mix.
Drink: Try light to medium bodied whites like Roero Arneis, and learner, young reds.
PDO (Protected Designation of Origin)(ES). Protected designation of origińe (PDO) stands for a product for which the principal steps for production are done following a well-established technique within the same geographical area, which gives the product its characteristics. Year of registration 1996
378.4 kcal per 100 gr.
30.2 gr. per 100 gr.
32 gr. per 100 gr.
22 gr. per 100 gr.
105 mg. per 100 gr.
800 mg. ( – 9% )*
700 mg. ( – 14% )*
250 mcg. ( – 13% )*
*(the difference from the average value)
7,2 - Individual visits per month (average)
245 - All individual visits
18 08 2016 - Date of publication of this article
06 12 2016 - Date of last edit