views updated May 14 2018

parmesan English (and French) name for the hard Italian cheese parmigiana reggiano. Made from semi‐skimmed cow's milk cooked with rennet, and dried for six months. When at least 2 years old it is called vecchio; stravecchio is 3 years old; stravecchione, 4 years old. It is hard and usually served on dishes grated; it cooks without becoming sticky. A 25‐g portion is a rich source of calcium, a good source of protein, a source of vitamin A and niacin, contains 8 g of fat and 250 mg of sodium, and supplies 110 kcal (460 kJ).


views updated May 17 2018

Par·me·san / ˈpärməˌzän/ • n. a hard, dry cheese used in grated form, esp. on Italian dishes.


views updated Jun 27 2018

Parmesan epithet of a cheese made in the province of Parma and elsewhere in N. Italy. — F. — It. parmigiano, f. Parma.