Like a fine wine, cheese takes on the terroir, or the natural production environment, where it is produced. So, how does one begin to make excellent tasting cheese? It starts with the animal from where the milk that becomes the cheese comes, but first it starts from the grass and grains that the animal eats….
A flock of sheep enjoys fresh spring grass near Salemi in Trapani Province. The ricotta made from the milk of these sheep will be the freshest and most delicious of the year because of the fresh grass they are eating.
Sheep’s milk ricotta tastes best during the spring when the sheep graze on young grasses and wild flowers–their milk reflects the freshness of the flora. This is why Sicilians love cannoli during Carnival and cassata cakes at Easter.