Guide to Cheese Types
Halloumi Cheese - Cheese Guide
June 12, 2019 | By Dave Mattingly
Halloumi Cheese is white and firm, made from a mixture of sheep's and goat's milk. Halloumi Cheese has been made on the island Cyprus, an island claimed by both Turkey and Greece in the eastern Mediterannean, for hundreds of years. The name "Halloumi" is derived from the Greek word "almi" meaning brine. This refers to the brine, or salt water solution that is used to preserve the Halloumi Cheese.
Halloumi has a salty, tangy flavor and a springy texture, similar to Mozzarella. Due to its high melting point, Halloumi may be as a a grilling cheese as it browns without melting. Grilled Halloumi is an excellent appetizer or addition to any main course. Halloumi Cheese is also delicious eaten fresh in salads or sandwiches or with fresh fruit. It is often paired with watermelon in its native Cyprus. Halloumi is often accompanied by mint leaves in the packaging which not only add flavor but also preserve the cheese. Since the 1990s, the US has recognized Halloumi as a name protected cheese from the island of Cyprus.
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