Pecorino of the Crags Volterrane becomes part of the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PDO (protected designation of origin) that was released February 20, 2015.
Being a product PDO certification requires that the entire production process should be made in the Tuscany region.
It is a specialty that comes from Balze Volterrane, a cheese produced exclusively with vegetable rennet and raw whole milk from sheep bred in the wild or semi-wild in the five towns of Volterra, Pomarance, Montecatini Val di Cecina Castelnuovo Val di Cecina and Monteverdi , all located in the province of Pisa between the valley of Era (North) and Cecina (south).
The thistle or wild artichoke, in addition to being a food of the pasture, is used in the processing of milk into cheese, thanks to the typical use in these areas make it from time immemorial the shepherds to produce the rennet, thus transferring qualitative characteristics unique to the product final.
Pecorino of the Crags Volterrane PDO has a characteristic crust covered with ash and, depending on the time of ripening, is divided into four different types: “Cool”, from 7 days to 44 days of storage; “Semi-mature”, from 45 days to 6 months of age; “Seasoned”, from 6 months to 12 months of seasoning; “Asserbo”, after 12 months of seasoning.