Gourd-shaped, whole milk Caciocavallo-style cheese is a classic pasta filata. Hand stretched to form the traditional shape - cheese on horseback, refers to the way two cheeses are tied at the ends of a long rope and then hung over a rod to age, like saddlebags thrown over the back of a horse.
The interior is firm and smooth when young and becomes flaky and drier with age. The flavor is buttery, tangy, and even peppery, particularly when aged over 6 months.
Suffolk Punch ages for at least 3 months, weighs 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 pounds, and is available in wedges. or as a whole gourd.