Manouri, it’s a beautiful thing

July 11, 2011


Manouri is a fresh white cheese with PDO status made from the drained whey in feta production. Very creamy, low in salt, this cheese is excellent for use in both savoury and sweet applications.

What is PDO Status you might ask?

PDO: Protected Designation of Origin (the initials are the same in some cases, translated into other languages, and in France, it is AOC – Appelation d’Origine Controllee (pardon my lack of proper accents)).

Some cheeses have legally protected names which certifies a few facts such as:

The origin – the milk is produced and the cheese is made in a precise geographical region.

That traditional cheesemaking methods are employed which usually go back thousands of years, (i.e. produce by season, bury underground, etc) resulting in a unique character for that cheese.

That certain characteristics can be regulated (shape, size, texture, rind, minimum fat content)

The governing country guarantees authenticity and quality; producers submit to approval by a commission.

In short, a PDO or AOC or DO certified cheese is an indication of quality, imitators need not apply.

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