Fior di Maggio

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One of the finest Ricottas. A cow's milk whey cheese, rescued from the cheese-making processes of other cheeses, skimmed and drained. It should be a firm, soft, not solid, basin-shaped cheese. It is versatile and is used as a dessert cheese for making cheesecakes or served with sugar and fruit, or is used in ravioli or pastries. Modern ricottas are inclined to be made of semi-skimmed milk rather than whey, which changes the consistency and texture considerably.