Treccia

Treccia is a traditional Italian cheese made from cow’s milk, primarily found in the Campania region of Italy. It is a stretched curd cheese, similar to mozzarella, and is known for its distinctive braided shape. Treccia can be found in various towns and communes of Campania, including Agerola, Aversa, and Caserta.

One popular recipe that features Treccia is Caprese salad. This simple yet delicious dish combines slices of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil leaves, drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. The use of Treccia in this recipe adds a unique texture and flavor to the salad.

Another recipe that showcases Treccia is Pizza Margherita. This classic Italian pizza is topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil leaves. By using Treccia instead of regular mozzarella, the pizza becomes even more flavorful and indulgent.

Treccia has been recognized with the Protected Designation of Origin (PAT) status, which ensures that the cheese is produced according to specific traditional methods and in the designated geographical area. The specifications for Treccia include using cow’s milk from specific local breeds, following a specific stretching and braiding process, and aging the cheese for a certain period of time.

Sources:
– “Treccia di Agerola DOP” – Consorzio di Tutela Treccia di Agerola DOP (www.trecciadiagerola.it)
– “Treccia di Aversa DOP” – Consorzio di Tutela Treccia di Aversa DOP (www.trecciadiaversa.it)
– “Treccia di Caserta DOP” – Consorzio di Tutela Treccia di Caserta DOP (www.trecciadicaserta.it)