A story behind: Food

Challenge #7 in the Nature series. Hosted by Kokeen4231.
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All over the world there are different food cultures. Submit a photo of any type of food with a certain tradition behind or common staples from any specific country which must be mentioned. Fruits are allowed here but you must state the native country of the fruit. It does not have to be fancy food. For example, you can show the simple food people in Africa can afford.
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Parmesan cheese. Genuine Parmiggiano Reggiano from Parma in Italy.
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Parmiggiano (Reggiano meaning it comes from one of a select few regions in Italy, the highest quality Parmiggiano), or Parmesan as it is commonly known, one of the most popular and famour cheeses from Italy. The cheese, made from raw cow's milk, is often shaved or grated onto pasta or countless other dishes, stirred into risottos and soups, or eaten as is. There probably isn't a household in Italy that doesn't have some form of this cheese always at hand. This one is aged 24 months, a hunk taken a few minutes earlier from one of the typical large cheese rounds stamped with Parmiggian Reggiano on the rind.
Submitted: Tuesday, 29th January, 2013 11:40 (GMT)
Taken: Saturday, 22nd September, 2012
Focal length: 60 mm
Shutter speed: 1/500 sec
Aperture: F2.4
ISO: 640
Notes: Some exposure adjustment
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