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Parmesan cheese is a variety of cheese inspired by Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese from Parma, Italy.[1] Its color is pale yellow, and it is popularly used as a seasoning added to dishes like spaghetti, Caesar salad and pizza.[2]


Parmesan cheese is prized for its flavor, which is rich in umami sensations.[3] Its use in home cooking throughout the Western world is generally as a condiment with other prepared food dishes, rather than being eaten by itself as in traditional European cheese plates. Kraft Foods is a major North American producer of Parmesan and has been selling it since 1945.[4][5]

Parmesan cheese (as produced by Kraft and many others) is a true cheese.[citation needed] Nevertheless, processed cheese foods can be found that are flavored to attempt to match the taste of Parmigiano-Reggiano (or at least Parmesan).


Soy-based alternatives to Parmesan cheese exist.[6]

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