Persian Fetta Creamy, silky happiness in a jar...
- Producer - Yarra Valley Dairy
- Origin - Australia
- Milk Type - Cow
Yarra Valley Dairy is part of the property known as “Hubertswood” owned by the Mooney Family. Named after one of the early settlers and vignerons, Hubert de Castella, the property is now used for producing fine quality farmhouse cheeses in what is known as one of the premium wine and dairy regions of Australia. The region in which “Hubertswood” is situated has a long and well established history of dairying. When early settlers came to the area a cheese factory and buttery was established, supplying the area with fresh local produce.
The neighboring farms still produce fine quality, rich milk which is used to produce the exceptional cheeses at the Yarra Valley Dairy. Wine and cheese are natural partners and in the Yarra Valley region they are brought together by the many local wineries and the Yarra Valley Dairy through the varied skills and personalities of the dairy farmers and viticulturalists, cheesemakers and winemakers.
Yarra Valley Dairy's flagship cheese is their Persian Feta, a wonderful soft and creamy cows milk feta. This unique cheese is made by first placing the freshly made feta in brine for at least two weeks in order to develop its flavour and texture. It is then washed to remove the excess salt before being marinated in oil infused with fresh garlic & thyme. On the palate, this cheese has a creamy, salty tang, with a lush, buttery finish.
FACT OF THE DAY
The earliest references to cheese production in Greece date back to the 8th century BC and the technology used to make cheese from sheep's or goat's milk, as described in Homer's Odyssey involving the contents of Polyphemus's cave, is similar to the technology used by Greek shepherds today to produce feta.
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