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Azeitao

Azeitao
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  • 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

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.

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