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Parmesan cheese is a hard dry white Italian cheese that stores well. It has a particularly buttery, salty taste. It is also known as Parmigiano-Reggiano.

It is available ready-grated as a powder intended for sprinkling onto food at the table.

Grating or shaving the cheese into thin slivers immediately before use will give a moister result. Parmesan is the traditional topping to many Italian dishes, including risotto, where it adds a final richness and creaminess.

With the advent of refrigeration and pre-shredded soft cheeses, mozzarella cheese can now take the place of parmesan for table usage but the taste is blander.

Parmesan cheese is used in the making of pesto.