V Navarra is a Latxa sheep's milk cheese, Idiazabal style, with the same intense smoked flavor. Both are always produced only with raw milk in the North of Spain: Basque Country and Navarra. The mountains there still have this lush vegetation, where sheep flocks can get first quality pastures.
Traditionally shepherds take the flocks to higher pastures during summertime, where the grass is fresh and abundant. It's during these months where cheese is made, it is a summer cheese. Shepherds store the cheese in their mountain huts, where get the smoky flavor from fireplaces. At the end of September, first October, when snow is about to come, shepherds and flocks return to the lower valleys and sell the cheese.
Since Idiazabal is more and more demanded, nowadays cheese makers recreate traditional techniques. After letting the cheese mature for 1 month, they smoke it with Hawthorne or cherry wood. This process gives Etxegarai and Idiazabal cheese their characteristic piquant and nutty flavor. This long aftertaste is delicious when paired with nuts and quince.
Unique in this world, with an unpasteurized and smoked flavor. Definitely a gourmet cheese. Red wines from the region enhance the experience of this pronounced sheepy finish.
You can keep it in your refrigerator for a month or more if you store it properly. Wrap it in aluminum or waxed paper to let it breathe.
- Size: 8oz (225g)
- Product of Spain
This smoky rich Idiazabal cheese is enhanced with nuts and quince and red wines from the region enhance the experience of this pronounced sheepy finish.
Use & Care
Remember to keep it in refrigerator for longer conservation. Wrap it in plastic film or use a cloth soaked in olive oil to cover it, as the traditional way.
Ingredients: Raw sheep's milk, salt, natural rennet, lactic ferments and preservative egg white lysozyme (E-1105). Not edible rind. Preservative on rind (E-202 and E-235).
- Whats is PDO/DOP?
Protected designation of origin (PDO), or DOP in Spanish identifies products that are produced, processed and prepared in a specific geographical area, using the recognized know-how of local producers and ingredients from the region concerned.
- Are there any the allergens?
Milk and egg
- How do you pack the cheese?
We use thermal mailers filled with cold packs to ensure the cheese arrives fresh at your destination.
This product is perishable and requires fast shipping to ensure it arrives in perfect condition.
Please note: To avoid weekend transit, orders placed after 11AM PT / 2PM ET on Tuesday with 2-Day shipping, will ship on Monday of the following week. We do not deliver perisables to PO Boxes.
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