In order for Il Forteto Tuscan Pecorino Fresco DOP to be considered an authentic DOP Tuscan pecorino cheese, by law it must be made of 100% sheep's milk from Tuscany produced only between the month of September and June.
Pecorino Fresco Toscano DOP is a delicious semi-hard, younger sheep's milk cheese that is aged for about one month. This shorter aging period results in a cheese that renders a fresh, grassy taste, also in part to the grass-fed sheep's milk.
The pliable texture and sweet flavor of Tuscan Pecorino Fresco DOP makes it an excellent table cheese that can be served as an antipasto or enjoyed after a meal served with fruit, or paired with your favorite jam.
Our one-pound portions of Il Forteto Tuscan Pecorino Fresco DOP cheese are hand-sliced to order straight from the wheel, weighed, and vacuum-sealed for freshness.
Shop Il Forteto Tuscan Pecorino Fresco DOP sliced by the pound or by the wheel to have Italian flavor shipped to you.
Denominazione di Origine Protetta (literally “Protected Designation of Origin”), is often expressed as D.O.P. As the name suggests, this certification ensures that products are locally grown and packaged.
About Il Forteto
In 1977, young Tuscan locals created an agricultural cooperative called Il Forteto which got its start on land borrowed from a friend along with 40 sheep, three cows, and five pigs. Today, in addition to being a producer of world-class cheese, Il Forteto is a community and a home dedicated to helping handicapped children and adults achieve their fullest potential. Il Forteto’s operation has expanded to 1,100 acres with a herd of 250 Chianina cattle, with sheep milk sourced only from local farmers. Among the primary exporters of the famed Pecorino cheese typical of Tuscany, Il Forteto’s cheeses are sold all over the world.