Formai de Mut dell'Alta Valle Brembana DOP is produced in the province of Bergamo, in the Northern Italy region of Lombardia. The local slang word Mut means mountain pasture and there, between 1300 and 2500 metros of altitude, the cows graze and produce a high quality milk from which this cheese is made.
Formai de Mut is a the best cheese made in this valley; historical evidence quote the Formai de Mut as a sort of coin for the rent and sale of pastures, which were paid for with cheese wheels. The cow breed (Bruna Alpina) used for production has been the same for centuries, with evidence dating back to XVI century of its employment.
The aromatic essences of the alpine pastures give the milk a special flavour. The raw milk is transformed following traditional techniques. After being curdled, it is placed in moulds (fassere) and pressed to drain the whey, salted and aged for at least 45 days, and until more than six months.
Formai de Mut dell'Alta Valle Brembana DOP features a delicate taste with flavors reminding high mountain pastures. It can be tasted along the traditional polenta Bergamasca, with white or red wine according to its aging or used as an ingredient for traditional mountain dishes.