Greek cheese!!! – Listed among the best and tastiest cheese in the world!
Whether you say it or eat it, its definitely going to put a smile on your face.
Greek cheese is not only utterly delicious but also of high nutritional value.
Try the many varieties available and don’t forget to pack some in your bags to take home.
White or yellow, hard or soft … subtle or piquant, you’ll certainly find the type you will love!!!
Some of the most traditional types are:
Feta can be soft, medium or hard; the harder the more piquant it is.
It crumbles easily and is traditionally added to Greek salad.
Mostly, quite salty and made from goats’ or sheep’s milk or even a combination of the two.
Feta cheese is used in pies and also served as a side-dish with meals.
The softer varieties are delicious in sandwiches with tomato and origanum.
Olive oil is used to ‘butter’ the bread making it even more scrumptious!
Kasseri is creamier in color and milder in taste compared to other hard cheese.
It is served on its own with wine – a wonderful duo – or sliced in sandwiches for the office or school.
Graviera is usually served with meals and also grated over pasta dishes.
Every place has its own Graviera; Crete, Lesvos, Naxos among the best you can get.
Manouri is a soft unsalted white cheese – it is best served with cinnamon and honey as a sweet option or combined with other more savoury types in pies.
Kefalotiri is a hard, very salty cheese – something like parmesan which is mainly grated and served over pasta and rice dishes.
Mizithra is normally made from ewes’ milk and is a delicious soft, unsalted cheese; one might say it is the Greek cottage cheese.
It is served on its own or used in sweet or savoury pies.
What I always like to do when visiting different places in Greece, is to try the local type of cheese and enjoy it with their local wine.
Watching the sunset, listening to nice, soft music and enjoying my cheese and wine is a must for me.
It helps me unwind after a long day exploring this beautiful country and making plans for our next destination.
From Crete to Santorini – from Lesvos to Chios … from Rhodes to Kastelorizo …. and it just goes on and on and on!
Perhaps one is destined to visit this amazing country more than once!!!