crescenza

Pronunciation: [krih-SHEHN-zuh]

A rich, creamy, fresh cheese, also known as Crescenza Stracchino, that's widely made in Italy's regions of Lombardy, Piedmont and Veneto. Its texture and flavor are similiar to that of a mild cream cheese, and it becomes very soft and spreadable at room temperature. Crescenza is made from uncooked cow's milk and is sometimes blended with herbs. It doesn't have a long shelf life and should be eaten within a few days. Crescenza can be found in some specialty cheese shops. See also cheese.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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