The word Grana means "grainy" or "granular" because this is how the cheese looks when it is cut open. Grana Padano is aged a minimum of 18-months. It carries a mark on the cheese. This is a special four leaf clover and indicates the province of origin. It is low in fat and very high in protein and calcium. It is easily digested because during the maturation process its proteins are broken down into amino acids.