Trivia Crack Answer: Ricotta
Ricotta is not a musical term. Ricotta refers the a type of cheese made from whey, which is usually a by-product of the cheese-making process. Cheese-making is about 5000 years old, with some of the earliest evidence of cheese-making found in Egypt. Ricotta, which literally means “recooked,” began in Italy, where cheesemakers used high-temperature boilers. The two traditional by-products of cheese-making were curds and whey, which were usually discarded once the cheese was made, but cheesemakers realized that they could heat up the whey to even higher temperatures and collect the lactose (milk sugar) and other substances to create a new type of food, called Ricotta. Ricotta is characterized by its sweet taste and its high perishability. It is considered a delicacy in many places, and has a consistency similar to cottage cheese. Ricotta, and cheese in general, forms a large part of traditional Italian cuisine, along with pasta. Ricotta cheese essentially remained a unique Italian food until it was introduced to America, where it gained popularity. Ricotta’s confusion with musical terms usually comes from the fact that many musical terms come from the Italian language, including terms like “staccato,” “allegro,” and “ritard.” This comes from a rich history of composition in Italy, including symphonies, operas, and choir music.