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Azeitão is a DOP protected, handcrafted, unpasteurised sheep's milk cheese made at the foothills of the Arrábida Mountains in the south west of Portugal. It is a produced only in the demarcated municipalities of Setubal, Palmela and Sesimbra.

Azeitão is a cured cheese, of a buttery, pudding-like, semi-soft consistency, white or light yellow in colour, with few or no holes. Since the flower of the locally grown cardoon plant acts as a coagulant, it is truly a vegetarian cheese. Its taste has a mix of sour and salty with a continual herbaceousness. The cheese has a minimum curing time of 21 days.

  • Made from unpasteurized sheep's milk
  • Country of origin: Portugal
  • Region: Setubal, Palmela and Sesimbra
  • Type: semi-soft, artisan
  • Texture: creamy and supple
  • Rind: washed
  • Colour: pale yellow
  • Flavour: buttery, herbaceous, milky, salty, sour, strong
  • Vegetarian: yes
  • Synonyms: Queijo de Azeitao

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