Cheese with Protected Denomination of Origin

Mahón-Menorca Cheese

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Mahón-Menorca Cheese is produced on the island of Menorca, one of Spain’s Balearic Islands. A paradisiacal Biosphere Reserve island (certified by the UNESCO) located in the Mediterranean Sea. Mahón-Menorca Cheese is a Protected Denomination of Origin (P.D.O.) based upon the geographic and distinct climate factors including its temperature, humidity, light, wind and salty pastures, and its ancient farming methods mastered by generations of the Menorca family farms. Made from menorcan cow’s milk (pasteurized or raw), exclusively matured on the island of Menorca.
A very versatile cheese, often grated and used for topping pasta, rice and vegetable dishes or eaten sliced thin and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. The cheese is also delicious with vegetables (aubergine or tomatoes), or used as a stuffing or filling (cannelloni or peppers). Also, mixed with breadcrumbs in breading and frying. The less matured Mahón-Menorca Cheeses go fantastically well with white and young red wines, while the more aged cheeses are better suited for mature wines.

Mahón-Menorca Cheese has three degrees of maturity

SEMI-CURED – RAW MILK – 2-3 months – This Mahón Cheese is made using raw milk and covered with oil and paprika during it ripening period, which ranges from 60-90 days. This delicious cheese is hand presses by hand using its characteristic cotton cloth called “fogasser”. Its intense and penetrating flavor combines the taste of butter with the taste of nuts and is ivory in color.

SEMI-CURED 2-5 months – Characteristic and unmistakable. The rind, orange in color. A firm cheese yet easy to cut, showing an ivory yellow-color and a number of holes distributed in an irregular manner, depending on the piece. The milky taste and flavors are more developed, with slight buttery reminiscences of toasted nuts and dried fruit (hazelnut); a moderately persistent aftertaste, having developed the typical bouquet of the Mahón-Menorca cheese.

CURED – HARD – More than 5 months – A delicacy for cheese lovers. The texture is firmer and hard; less creamy and in advanced stages of maturity, it breaks flaking. It has a very developed flavor and aroma, complex and intense, with a long persistent aftertaste. Brittle and flaks when

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