The etymology of cochineal refers to latin granum, which translates as “grain”. The Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) recognizes various uses of the concept.
Grana may refer to act and result of granar: generate grains. In addition, it is called grana to the time it takes a grain to set and the seed small of various vegetables.
The term grana is also used to name the Woodlouse. It is a crustacean (it has the body protected by a short-legged terrestrial shell that becomes a ball when touched. This ashen-colored animal lives in environments with a high level of humidity.
Grana, on the other hand, is another of the denominations of quermes or kermes, a mealybug-like insect commonly found on a tree called kermes oak. In this tree, scarlet generates a gall which, when squeezed, releases a reddish substance.
This coloring matter that is obtained when the gall is squeezed is also called grana, as is its color. As a colorant or tincture, scarlet is used in the art for a long time. It is also used in the food industry and in the manufacture of cosmetic products.
In the same way, we cannot ignore either that Grana is the name of two European towns. Specifically, the first Grana is located in the north of Italy, it belongs to the well-known region of Piedmont and has about 610 inhabitants.
In second place, there is also the German population of Grana, which belongs to the municipality of Kretzschau and is located in the Saxony-Anhalt area.
“El Grana” or “The Garnet”, on the other hand, are nicknames of the Athletic Club Lanús of Argentina. This colloquial name is linked to Colour of the shirt worn by the athletes representing this Buenos Aires institution founded in 1915.
Likewise, we have to highlight the fact that there is also a food that uses the term in question in its name. We are referring to the so-called grana padano, which is of Italian origin and is protected by its corresponding designation of origin.
Its history begins in the 12th century as it was then when it was first made by Cistercian monks, specifically those from Chiavaralle. Since then it has continued to prepare and has achieved such importance inside and outside the country that it is considered one of the most significant in all of Italy.
It is made using milk from cows that are fed mainly with forage herbs, it is produced throughout the year and it should be noted that it is characterized by being semi-fatty and by being cured very slowly, reaching a maximum period of up to a year and a half.
Its paste is hard and yellow in color, it has a fairly intense flavor and each cheese can weigh between 24 and 40 kilos. Likewise, it must be taken into account that it is widely used to prepare recipes for the so-called Mediterranean diet.
Hernan GranaFinally, he is an Argentine footballer who happened to play in Lanús, in addition to acting in Boca Juniors, all boys, Platense, Ferro Y teams Americans, among other places.