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Jibneh Arabieh

  • Made from cow's milk

  • Country of origin: Israel and Middle East

  • Type: semi-hard

  • Texture: firm and open

  • Rind: natural

  • Colour: white

  • Flavour: mild

  • Vegetarian: no

  • Producers: M & J Sales, Outagamie county, United States

Jibneh Arabieh (or Jibni) is a semi-hard white cheese found throughout the Middle East. It is particularly popular in Egypt and the Arabian Gulf area. The cheese was earlier made from the milk of goat or sheep. But today dairies have switched to cows milk since the taste is more delicate than that of sheep or goat milk. Jibni can be eaten as is, with pickled olives and vegetables on the side. Locals fry it up in the pan and serve it with sunny side up. It is also an ingredient in many sweet and savoury pastries such as knafeh. 

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