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Azeitao Semi-soft Cheese

Azeitao Semi-soft Cheese

Creamy, Earthy Sheep’s Milk Cheese from Portugal

All Natural

$14.50 CS-121

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  • Intense, herbaceous flavor
  • Crafted using traditional, artisan methods
  • Semi-soft, raw sheep's milk cheese
  • Pairs well with fruity wines
  • Made in Portugal
  • Size - 10 oz/283.5 gr

Take your senses on a trip through the Arrabida Mountains of southern Portugal as this bold, velvety sheep’s milk cheese melts in your mouth. Pudding-like in texture and intense in flavor, this aromatic cheese is a favorite of the region. Balance the bold earthiness with a fruity Douro red or with the deep raspberry and currant tones of a full flavored Garnacha. Serve it on a cheese plate alongside other varieties and fruit for an appetizer or as a notable after dinner course.

Derived from raw milk from Lacuna and Saloia sheep, Azeitao cheese roots extend back to cheese makers from Serra da Estrela who brought traditional techniques to the areas around the Arrabida Mountains. This particular semi-soft cheese is made with salt, milk and a local, thistle-like cardoon, which serves as a vegetable rennet instead of the animal-based or synthetically produced rennet often used. This more fickle, artisan method of cheese making gives Azeitao its unique earthy, herbaceous tones and a silky smooth texture.

Portugal has a centuries-old tradition of cheese making. The pristine cheeses that originate in the country are owed to the customary craftsmanship, which has been only slightly modernized over the years. The small farms along the mountainous regions of Portugal are known for producing soft cheeses that are unrivaled in their creamy texture and immaculately balanced taste.

Ingredients

Raw sheep's milk, salt, thistle flower.

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