Vastedda Belice Valley becomes part of the official list of typical Italian products with the certification PDO (protected designation of origin) that was released October 29, 2010.
Being a product PDO certification requires that the entire production process must be carried out in the region of Sicily.
Vastedda of Valle del Belice PDO cheese is a very ancient tradition. Among the key features of Vastedda Belice valley PDO is the use of raw sheep’s milk obtained from herds grazing freely and spontaneously.
If not the only, Vastedda of Valle del Belice PDO is one of the very few sheep cheeses spun dough. It has a particular taste, typical of fresh sheep’s cheese, slightly tangy and spicy ever. Its flesh is white, firm, with some striations from the traditional kneading. The characteristic shape of a cake, with its slightly convex sides, makes unmistakable. Vastedda of Valle del Belice PDO must have a diameter between 15 and 17 cm and a height of the heel between 3 and 4 cm. Your weight should be between 500 and 700 grams, depending on the size of the form, and submit a free surface crust, ivory white, compact and smooth without spots or creases.
The paste is white uniform, smooth, not grainy but with possible light striations due to spinning craft. The holes must be absent or very poor, as well as sweating, while the aroma is characteristic of fresh sheep’s milk taste sweet, fresh and pleasant, with veins slightly tangy.
The Belice Valley belongs to the western part of Sicily, the intersection between the provinces of Palermo, Trapani and Agrigento. In these lands extends the river Belice. Crops of wheat, olive and vine contrast with sandy soils, palms and thermal waters. All natural features that recall the history, ancient, which has flourished in the Phoenician civilization and Sicana first, then the civilization of Greece. Even today these territories are a source of natural wealth.
As specified in the product specification, all raw materials are obtained within this area, its requirements clearly evident intent to prevail over all the tradition and the link with the territory.


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