Pecorino siciliano

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Pecorino siciliano
Country of originItaly
Source of milkSheep milk
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Pecorino siciliano DOP (Sicilian: picurinu sicilianu) is an origin-protected firm sheep milk cheese from the Italian island and region of Sicily. This cheese comes from the classical Greek world: in ancient times it was recognized as one of the best cheeses in the world.[1]

It is produced throughout the island, but especially in the provinces of Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Enna, Trapani and Palermo. It is a pecorino-style cheese, like its close relation pecorino romano, but not as well known outside Italy as the latter. A semi-hard white cheese, it has a cylindrical shape and a weight of about 12 kg (26 lb).[2]

The cheese was awarded with the Denominazione di Origine Protetta in 1955 and EU protected designation of origin status in 1996.[2]


  1. ^ "Italian Pecorino Siciliano".
  2. ^ a b Francesco Picciolo. Curiosità e ricette della mia cucina siciliana. Errant, 2013. p. 7.