Ricotta marzotica leccese
Place of Origin
Ricotta marzotica leccese is a typical product of province of Lecce. It is produced at the beginning of the spring season, from February to April, when the herds produce the tastiest milk thanks to the tender forage. "Marzotica" name refers to the month during which the cheese is manly produced: marzo = March.
Ricotta Marzotica is prepared with sheep, goat, cow's milk or all of them mixed. It is a cheese with a tender and wrinkled rind, crumbly and tasty inside, wrapped on the outside with wild herbs that give it a distinctive taste.
To make Ricotta Marzotica the milk is heated and, when the ricotta floats, it is collected and placed in baskets.
Once the cheese reaches its consistency is covered wild herbs and allowed to rest for at least 15 days, or 30 days for a product that is going to be used to give flavour to sauces.
Ricotta Marzotica cheese can be eaten alone, with vegetables or used to flavour the traditional Apulian dish of "Orecchiette alla crudaiola".
Ricotta marzotica leccese pairs well with Cerignola Rosso DOP or Ostuni Ottavianello DOP.