Ossau Iraty (250g)

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Description:
Ossau-Iraty is a traditional, unpasteurized, semi-soft cheese from the picturesque mountains of Pyrenees that hold a fertile grazing land for the milk-giving ewes. This cheese unites two regions of France in the Western Pyrénées: Ossau in the valley of the Bearn and Iraty in the beech forests of the Pays Basque. It received an AOC protection in 1980, which requires that the cheese be produced with the milk of only two breeds of ewes - Manech and Basco-Béarnaise.

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An uncooked and pressed cheese, Ossau-Iraty is semi-hard in texture with a thick, buff rind marked with rust and gray molds. Beneath the brown and orange rind is an ivory white, supple and slightly grainy interior that has a creamy and buttery mouth feel. Flavors are herbaceous, nutty and fruity if the produce is from winter while the summer cheeses tend to reveal aromas of grass and flowers.

Matured for at least 6 months, Ossau-Iraty often comes in a flat cylindrical shape.

  • Type of cheese : semi-soft, unpasteurized
  • Made from: sheep's milk
  • Storage: Wrap the cheese loosely in waxed or greaseproof paper rather than cling film and place it in a plastic box. Keep in your fridge at the lowers place.
  • Shelf life: 7days

Chef's Tip:
Chilled cheeses should be taken out of the refrigerator one and a half or two hours before serving. Recommended to serve the cheese on toast or in garnish for all your salads, can also be accompanied with jam and truffle honey.

Bon Appétit

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