Taleggio is a semisoft, washed-rind, smear-ripened italian cheese that is named after Val Taleggio. the cheese has a thin crust and a strong aroma, but its flavor is comparatively mild with an unusual fruity tang. The cheese is set on wood shelves in chambers, sometimes in caves as per tradition, and matures within six to ten weeks. The cheese can be eaten grated with salads such as radicchio or rucola (rocket, arugula) and with spices and tomato on bruschetta. It melts well, and can be used in risotto or on polenta.