Brescianella Stagionata: Hold Your Nose & Enjoy
October 14, 2010
Brescianella Stagionata has the potential to deter eaters because of its horrible odor. Yet this cheese is so delicious that once tasted it is difficult to stop eating. Brescianella Stagionata is a cheese that defies logic: how does something that smells this badly prove so addictive?
Thankfully, Brescianella Stagionata’s producers in Lombardy, Italy have resolved this conundrum to deliver their delicious cheese. Brescianella Stagionata is a semi-soft cheese made from pasteurized cow’s milk. It is produced in a flat, square format and has a washed rind.
Brescianella Stagionata’s rind is a warm honey color, marked with white and gray surface molds. The rind’s surface is scored and gummy to the touch. The rind has a harsh, old socks and body sweat odor. The interior paste has a springy texture and smells like cooked cabbage, grass and roasted nuts.
Brescianella Stagionata’s flavors are varied. We tasted roasted nuts, sour milk, sour fruit, and light salt flavors. Its texture is smooth and very creamy. There is a light sour after-taste that is enticing and encourages further eating. The after-taste does not linger long in the mouth, but Brescianella Stagionata’s odor clings to the fingers long after eating.
Brescianella Stagionata is a very tasty cheese that we all liked; it was difficult to stop eating this cheese during our tasting. This cheese is best shared with family or close friends that are not likely to be deterred by the cheese’s foul odor. Our sample held up well out of refrigeration, making it a good candidate for an outdoor meal.
Purchase Notes: Our Brescianella Stagionata was purchased at 24th Street Cheese Co. (San Francisco).