Country of origin: Greece
Region: Macedonia, Thrace, Thessalia, Peloponissos, Ionian Islands, Aegean islands, Crete Island and Epirus
Type: hard, whey
Fat content: 30%
Calcium content: 318 mg/100g
Flavour: salty, tangy
Producers: CHRISTAKIS Greek Cheeses
Synonyms: Anthotyro Fresco, Mizithra
Alternative spellings: Antotiro, Anthotiro
Anthotyros, also known as Anthotiro is a traditional Greek whey cheese prepared from unpasturized sheep’s and goat's milk or mixtures. Regions of Macedonia, Thrace, Thessalia, Peloponissos, Ionian Islands, Aegean islands, Crete Island and Epirus have been producing this cheese for centuries. The name Anthotyros, literally translated means “flower cheese”, comes from the wafting aromas of wild herbs.
Dry Anthotyros or Anthotyro Xero is salted and matured Mizithra available in a truncated cone or ball. If Anthotyros is left to age, thick salt is usually added to cover the exterior. Dry Anthotyros has a hard texture, salty taste, white paste and savoury flavour. It has a very powerful smell reminiscent of a sherry. When aged, it is an excellent grating cheese and can be used to augment the taste of pastas, spaghetti or salads.
There's a fresh version of Anthotyros called Anthotyro Fresco (Fresh Anthotyro).