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Parmesan cheese is a variety of cheese inspired by Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese from Parma, Italy. Its color is pale yellow, and it is popularly used as a seasoning added to dishes like spaghetti, Caesar salad and pizza.
Parmesan cheese is prized for its flavor, which is rich in umami sensations. 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 is a major North American producer of Parmesan and has been selling it since 1945.
Parmesan cheese (as produced by Kraft and many others) is a true cheese. Nevertheless, processed cheese foods can be found that are flavored to attempt to match the taste of Parmigiano-Reggiano (or at least Parmesan).
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