This unique type of Pecorino is aged and matured the way Brigands used to. At the end of the 19th Century, there were many Brigands in the mountains of Abruzzo. They used to leave food in the caves to have supplies for the time they needed to go into hiding.
After ambushing the shepherds, they put the cheese inside a clay vase, covered it and sealed it with a goat skin. This way, they were able to preserve the cheese for a long time; they kept out oxygen by burning a candle inside the vase.
The cheese inside was put into the bran, in order to keep it dry during maturing. Recovering this old tradition, this "Brigantaccio" cheese is a pecorino with a bran skin, matured in absence of oxygen and dried with bran.
Average Age: 12 Months or more
Average Weight: 4-6 lbs.