Referred to as the most important Piedmontese cheese, Castelmagno takes its name from the town of Castelmagno, where it has been produced since ancient times. Castelmagno is made of pasteurized, partially-skimmed cow's milk blended with a small amount of sheep's milk and goat's milk. It has a peculiar flavor that derives from a particular kind of grass (called "evax") that is native to the pastures of Cuneo, the sole province of its production. Castelmagno has a hard, brown rind cloaking a medium-hard interior of pearly white color. Often times, edible blue-green veins can be found in the cheese, giving those sections a sharper flavor. It is aged for up to six months in natural mountain grottos. Overall, its flavor is quite savory with a mouth-watering, gentle saltiness. A rare cheese indeed - only 6,000 wheels are produced each year and perhaps less than 200 of those are exported to the USA. Made from unpasteurized cow, goat, and sheep's milk. Photo depicts whole 12 lb. form of cheese. We cut and wrap this item by hand.