Product description

The name comes from the color it acquires thanks to the treatment in the crust with the liqueur alkermes, which in addition to giving the color purple, it matures inside and makes it acquire the characteristic aroma in the crust. This is the third cheese of the line of cheeses called “witty” or treated in a crust with spirits, however alcoholic or liquor, taking inspiration from a great French cheese Epoisse, we thought to propose to our customers this line of cheeses that as well as good to eat, must also be fun and witty to see.

The result is difficult to explain, but certainly does not leave indifferent, the only defect of this cheese that with the passage of time the characteristic coloring that acquires during aging, with the passage of days lightens until it becomes almost white, but this does not affect the organoleptic characteristics it has acquired during maturation, it is simply a physical chemical process, both the evaporation of the liqueur, but also the acidity of the cheese along with mold, gradually fade away the typical color.

It is recommended, in order to fully appreciate its characteristics, to consume it at room temperature but leave it closed in its packaging and discard it only at the last moment before eating it and of course, the crust is edible.

Ingredients: Pasteurized cow’s milk and pasteurized sheep’s milk, pasteurized bread, rennet and salt. Crust treated with alkermes and glucose syrup.
Size: about 270 gr.
Packaging: shape wrapped with transparent film.
Duration of the packaged product: 25 days.

ALLERGENS: MILK and MILK proteins.

Product features:
Shape: flattened cylindrical, with irregular flat faces and straight sides, but which tends to become convex;
External appearance: very thin, moist and sticky rind, its colour is purple-pink with the presence of white moulds of penicillium candidum.
Internal appearance: ivory in colour, soft and sticky when cut, with a few sparse and irregular holes that increase its ripeness, the holes almost disappear and the paste cremifies;
Smell: of cream and yoghurt, floral of flowers, yeast and slightly animal;
Flavour: very sweet, slightly salty, and a hint of acidity, has a slightly adhesive paste, but also quite soluble and low persistence.

Availability: since this is an experimental product, availability is not always required.

Food pairings: as an appetizer in the cheese chopping board it stands out chromatically, but also for the dessert dish.

Oenological pairings: structured white wine, but also with bubbles.

MEDIUM NUTRITIONAL VALUES per 100 gr of product:

  • Energy value kcal 331
  • Energy value KJ 1373
  • Fats 26,6 gr
    of which saturated fatty acids 21,9 gr
  • Carbohydrates 1,6 gr
    of which sugars 1,2 gr
  • Protein 16,1 gr
  • Salt 0,95 gr

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” Il CARDINALE” – TheCardinal, sheep’s and cow’s milk cheese refined with Alkermes

Product code

Unit of measurement

Type of packaging
Oval shape wrapped in protective film

Weight per shape
About 270 gr

Box shapes
10 forms

Storage conditions
In the refrigerator from +4°C to +8°C

Means of transport
Refrigerated from +4°C to +8°C

Product life with sealed packaging
25 days

Minimum order
1 box

Environmental labeling

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