What you need to know:
This mild, slightly sweet fresh cheese hails from Italy and much like its Northern Italian counterpart, mascarpone, ricotta is right at home in both sweet and savory dishes.
Ricotta is available all year long.
What to look for:
Good ricotta is firm with a high moisture content and a slightly grainy texture.
How to store it:
It’s best to store ricotta in a tightly seal container in the fridge where it should keep for 1 - 2 weeks.
Why you should try it:
While it’s creamy texture is enough of a reason to love it, ricotta is also an excellent source of protein, calcium and selenium – an antioxidant that aids in the prevention of arthritis.