Parmesan Cheese in America
is fake as well as other “supposedly” Italian products especially most
canned 'San Marzano' tomatoes. Chianti must be made in the Chianti region of Italy to be labeled as such, San
Marzano tomatoes are special plum tomatoes that must be grown in Agro
Sarnese-Nocerino. When they are canned, they come with a DOP emblem on the label, marking their
authenticity. The real product is expensive as shipping cost is high, but the
fakes are inferior and no bargain at all.
Your first clue should be price.
If it is cheap then it is fake. The real products have a DOP marking to insure
the real products are protected. Parmesan does not mean “parmigiano-reggiano”. The
words Parmigiano-Reggiano embossed all over every square inch of the rind, as
shown in the accompanying photos, must be evident.
San Marzano DOP Markings
Great cooks require great ingredients but be wary, not all is as its seems. In my book and blog, I try to point out salient information for informed decisions.