Cheese, Honey and Jam: Here’s the perfect match
Among these the most known is undoubtedly the already consolidated union between cheese and honey, another nutrient element of which Italy is the first and largest global manufacturer. Just think that in the Belpaese there are now 51 different varieties of honey, against only 10 to 15 of all other countries in the world. This coupled is only possible if it is based on correlation or vice versa on the contrast between the characteristics of these foods. It has correlation when a quality of a food is found similarly in the second, while it has opposition if one or more characteristics of a food contrast clearly with those of the second, limiting the spread. All with the purpose of exalting the harmonious taste of both foods simultaneously without one prevail over the other. It would appear that the perfect match is the one that at the same time finds elements of concordance and contrast, and in that sense one does not exclude the other. Here are some examples:
But now we see what jams can bring out the many flavors of the many cheeses made in Italy: the fig mustard is ideal with fresh Pecorino or with Brie, while a pear jam works perfectly on Crescenza, Ricotta, blue cheeses, Pecorino, Grana Padano, Parmigiano Reggiano and Brie. The delicious and bitter orange marmalade rather contrasts with the sweetness of Gorgonzola, Goats, sheep cottage cheese, Taleggio, Pecorino, Toma, mozzarella and blue cheeses. And very used are also apple jam, banana, onions and even spicy tomatoes or zucchini jam. These are just a few limited examples, but given the vast choice that the Belpaese has to offer for all these three foods, you can create endless combinations of cheese, honey and jam, depending on personal taste. It remains only to experience which is the most right for you, always remembering that as an old northern proverb says “Al contadin non far sapere, quanto è buono il formaggio con il miele”, which means “for your own sake, you’d better not tell the farmer how tasty is cheese with honey”. And popular wisdom is rarely wrong.