Made from pasteurized or unpasteurized cow's milk
Country of origin: Spain
Type: soft, artisan
Fat content: 25%
Colour: pale yellow
Flavour: bitter, buttery, mild, tangy
Synonyms: Queso de Perilla, Queso de Teta, Queso de Teta de Vaca, Queso Gallego de Teta
Alternative spellings: Queso Tetilla
Tetilla is a typical Galician cheese made from the herd of Friesians, Alpine Browns and Rubia Gallega cows. Since 1992, it has been one of the four cheeses that received DOP recognition. The name Tetilla is Galician for “small breast”, which describes the shape of the cheese – a pear shaped cone topped by a nipple.
This cheese has a pale yellow, thin, natural rind or sometimes no rind can be seen at all. Its texture is soft, thick and smooth with scatterings of air pockets. Yellowish ivory in colour Tetilla has a creamy mouth feel with buttery, slightly bitter and tangy flavours surrounding the palate. The maturing, which takes place between 10 and 30 days, happens in the hot and humid climate of Galicia.
Try Tetilla with dry full-bodied wine, sherry, young whites, manzanilla and especially the Galician whites - albariño or ribeiro. Spanish love their cheese with quince paste, fruit, crackers, baked dishes and bread.