CHEES FARM MANGIAPANE
SLOW FOOD FOUNDATION:
Present for centuries in Sicily, the Modicana is a breed of cattle with a characteristic dark-red coat, its hues ranging from wine red to black (especially in the males). The breed’s decline is linked to the introduction of machinery, its poor yield of milk and meat and the fact that many dairy farms have stopped making their own cheese.
So while in the 1960s there were still 25,000 animals, today that number has been reduced to 2,000. Nonetheless the Modicana is considered to be of the best triple-purpose cattle breeds.
Raw Modicana milk is used to make Caciocavallo, Ragusano and Provola cheeses from October to May, but they can be found aged throughout the year.