TJ's confusing and perhaps misleading Cheese naming [moved from General Topics]
I was just at Trader Joe's to get some Parmigiano Reggiano. What I saw were three different cheeses, all from Italy. Parmesean Reggiano, Grana Padano Parmesean and the Parmigiano Reggiano. None of the cheeses had anything more than Product of Italy on the label. It's my understanding that to call it Parmigiano Reggiano it has to be made with a specific recipe and in a specific region. So what are these other cheeses?
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From the research I've done there is no such thing as Parmesean Reggiano. Nor do I see Grana Padano referred to as Parmasean. Here's a link that talks about the naming conventions in Italy. http://cheese.about.com/od/cheesebasi...
I think TJ's is trying to associate the parmasean with Parmigiano Regginao by adding the Reggiano. I think they are trying to do a similar thing with Grana Padano. It is made in the PO valley, but the recipe is different and generally it's a younger cheese than the true Parmigiano Reggiano. Good cheeses all, but the labeling of the other two make an association I think is misleading and I doubt you would see in Italy.