What is the white stuff on the outside of my salami?
It is a natural edible mold similar to the molds found on aged, soft cheeses. Its called Penicillium, and we inoculate our salami with it to help the aging process. The mold acts as a natural barrier to protect the salami from spoilage, and some (we do) believe that the mold aids in digestion as well. It is a point of pride for us that all of our salami are naturally molded.
More on mold:
Nothing is quite as unique to a salami maker as the “HOUSE FLORA,” their mold. Wild yeast and molds that protect the salami while drying add flavor to everything we produce. The flora is truly wild. We watch it change year after year with temperature, humidity, and the evolving nature of mold. We can only try and coax it to do what we want. As this happens, it will change in color and appearance, ranging from white to yellow to shades of dark grey and black. These molds are natural and delicious, but are easily removable by taking off casing, if desired.
While there are easier ways to produce salami, such as imitating flora with rice or milk powder, we do not use shortcuts. We assure you that we produce the safest and most natural product, that is truly unique, alive, wild and delicious. Enjoy!