But for real?
Why is it so special?
How much is it worth?
Credito Emiliano has a rolling (excuse the pun) inventory of approximately half a million wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, stored in its cellars and aged anywhere from 18 to 36 months and with a value of approximately $250-300 million! Housed in a high-security complex surrounded by barbed wire, the bank stacks thousands of wheels in its closely temperature and humidity controlled complex while professional staffers regularly rotate, prick and even taste each wheel to ensure optimum aging.
Fascinating to keep in mind that this type of cheese cannot be reproduced or branded as Parmigiano-Reggiano anywhere else in the world, part of the reason that it holds a high value. So the next time you go shopping for your favorite cheese, make sure that the Parmesan you buy has the “D.O.C.” which stands for Denominazione di origine controllata, a protective classification which ensures the quality and place of origin of the cheese.