Italy's Cheese Bank

Updated Aug 14, 2009

Interesting article in the NYT about regional bank Credito Emiliano holding Parmigiano Reggiano cheese as collateral for loans to producers: In Italy, Parmesan as Collateral for Bank Loans

The system has been in operation since the medieval, and it’s still working well today.

Each round of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is the Cucina Povera way to preserve 550 liters of milk so that it may be consumed any time.