Ricotta di fuscella

Ricotta di fuscella is a fresh cow's-milk cheese made in the Campania[1] region of Italy and is recognized as a PAT (Prodotto agroalimentare tradizionale) product.

EtymologyEdit

The name derives from the Neapolitan fiscella, which indicates the perforated basket in the shape of a truncated cone in which the cheese is transported and sold. The fiscella is traditionally made with braided reeds[2] or wicker. The term fuscella indicates another cheesemaking tool commonly used in the production of ricotta which is made with food-grade plastic. It has a truncated cone shape and is perforated with small lines.

CharacteristicsEdit

Ricotta di fuscella has a truncated pyramidal shape, with each cheese weighing under 4.4 lbs (2 kg). It has a porcelain white color, is crustless, and has a soft consistency with a delicate, sweet flavor.[3]

Production processEdit

The milk, which can be either raw or pasteurized, is filtered and refrigerated. It then is salted and brought to 183.2-185° F (84-85° C) and acidified. After around 30 minutes, while maintaining the temperature in the aforementioned range, the coagulated mass is separated and placed in perforated baskets (fuscelle) and preserved in ice for ten days. Organic acids and chemical pH correctors are not used. In the final step, the ricotta is covered in a protective wrapper and is preserved and sold without preserving liquid.[4]

Production zonesEdit

The production of this cheese occurs throughout the entire province of Naples, and it is consolidated in the municipality of Sant'Anastasia, historically known for its thriving goat raising operations, whose milk guarantees production in the entire region.[5]

UsesEdit

Ricotta di fuscella is eaten alone or used in the preparation of many traditional dishes of Campania, from stuffed pastas to desserts such as pastiera.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Luigi Cremona; Francesco Soletti (2002). L'Italia dei formaggi (in Italian). ISBN 9788836527274. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  2. ^ Ciarallo, Annamaria (2004). Flora pompeiana (in Italian). L'ERMA di BRETSCHNEIDER. ISBN 978-88-8265-299-9. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  3. ^ Ausilio, Claudia. "'A Ricotta 'e Fuscella: quando veniva venduta nei panini per i vicoli di Napoli". VesuvioLive (in Italian). Tribunale di Torre Annunziata. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Ricotta di fuscella di Sant'Anastasia". Regione Campania Assessorato Agricoltura (in Italian). Assessorato Agricoltura. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Ricotta di fuscella". Regione Campana Assessorato Agricoltura (in Italian). Assessorato Agricoltura. Retrieved 29 June 2020.