Say cheese!

Who doesn’t love cheese?

We’re accustomed to hearing about how esquisite the french cheese is or how amazing the italians are, but one thing we do defend on our writtings is that Portuguese products are as excellent as so many others and, in fact, some of the best in the world. You just probably hear about the others more…

Cheese is no exception and today we’re telling you all you need to know about our own made in Portugal, so that you can set a perfect Snug table: great wine (portuguese!), some fresh bread (ours is good too!) and, of course, cheese MIP.

Portugal has a rich tradition of cheese-making and different regions have their own types, much like Portuguese wine. And just as wines have Protected Designation of Origin labels, so do Portuguese cheeses. In fact, 12 cheeses have this honorable designation called Denominação de Origem Protegida (DOP), which awards the cheeses name-protection and ensures that they are produced within the demarcated area using traditional methods and ingredients. The 12 cheeses that have DOP designations have the name of the area where they’re produced and DOP marking on their labels.

  • Azeitão cheese
  • Queijo de Cabra Transmontano cheese
  • Évora cheese
  • Nisa cheese
  • Pico cheese
  • Rabaçal cheese
  • São Jorge cheese
  • Serpa cheese
  • Serra da Estrela cheese
  • Terrincho cheese
  • Castelo Branco cheese
  • Requeijão cheese
Creamy, delicious Serra cheese
Creamy, delicious Serra cheese
Amazing smelly Évora cheese
Amazing smelly Évora cheese

And just for the fun of it, here is a simple guide for you to get around ou r national cheese world:

• Curado: Aged
• Queijo: Cheese
• Queijo fresco: Fresh cheese
• Cabra: Goat
• Ovelha: Sheep
• Leite: Milk
• Vaca: Cow

Next time we’ll tell all about each one of the types we’ve just mentioned, ok?

Now it’s time to smile: SAY CHEESE! 🙂

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