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A generic term for cheeses once made only in the autumn and winter in the area around Lombardy in Northern Italy (the word itself comes from stracche which in the local dialect means tired - the cows" were supposedly feeling this way after their summer grazing in the mountains, and their return to the plains).

The term has almost become redundant, as most of these cheeses are now made throughout the year, and with the passing of time have developed into such diverse types as Gorgonzola and Taleggio.

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