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Ricotta is an Italian fresh whey cheese made from the whey of sheep's milk or cow's milk.[1] Whey is a watery liquid that separates from curds when cheese is made. Ricotta is soft, grainy and white. It can be used in Italian desserts like cheesecake or cannoli. It contains protein and is a dairy product.


  1. Tyler Herbst, Sharon (2001). The New Food Lover's Companion. Hauppauge, NY: Barron's Educational Series. pp. 516. ISBN 0-7641-1258-9 .