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Pronunciation: [krih-SHEHN-zuh]

Categories: Cheese

A rich, creamy, fresh cheese, also known as Crescenza Stracchino, that's widely made in Italy's regions of Lombardy, Piedmont and Veneto. Its texture and flavor are similiar to that of a mild cream cheese, and it becomes very soft and spreadable at room temperature. Crescenza is made from uncooked cow's milk and is sometimes blended with herbs. It doesn't have a long shelf life and should be eaten within a few days. Crescenza can be found in some specialty cheese shops. See also cheese.