Archive for the 'PDO' Category

Never underestimate a Greek Cheese!

February 12, 2014

Greeks eat more cheese per capita than any other nation in the world, so it is worth exploring the variety that exists. Graviera Kritis (PDO) is a lovely sheep’s milk cheese from the mountainous regions of Crete. Delicious and nutty, affordable, and low sodium to boot, this cheese is always a good buy.

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Epoisses de Bourgogne – a true treat of divine inspiration

December 19, 2012

The ultimate in washed rind beauties, this full flavoured cheese that is quite aromatically gifted is a treat any day. It’s the perfect cheese to celebrate with or to enjoy on a random Wednesday. First developed by monks around the 16th century, nearly lost forever after WW1&2, revived in the mid-50’s, and became AOC protected in 1991.   Fun trivia bit: this cheese is rumoured to have been illegal to bring on public transportation based on it’s aromatic strength.  Runny, supple texture, hearty beefy, briny, savoury flavours, this is a true treat of divine inspiration.epoisses

Parmigiano Reggiano – One of the great Kings of Cheese

July 14, 2012

One of the great Kings of Cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano is a classic Italian hard cheese. Extremely versatile, it’s a staple in any household. This particular specimen was aged 30 months- a delectable treat for you to savour, one crunchy bit at a time!

April 5, 2012

From mythology it is said that the Gods sent Aristaeo , the son of Apollo and Cyrene to teach the Greeks the art of cheesemaking, This was intended as a “Gift from the Gods”, an ability that would become known as “a gift of everlasting value.” Homer’s Odyssey tells us about the Cyclops Polyphymus and his cheesemaking where he gives descriptions of the cheeses that were maturing in his cave. The cheese that was prepared by Polyphemus and described in the Odyssey is considered to be the ancestor of Feta.

Feta is indeed a gift from the Gods, one of my staple cheeses that accompanies me in my daily journey through life. Do yourself a favour, make the Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece happy, and get yourself some divine barrel aged Feta, a fresh, brined and aged cheese from the mountains in Greece.

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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