The Bryndza Podhalanska PDO is a soft cheese obtained from sheep's milk, of animals belonging to the sheep race Polska Owca Górska (Polish mountain sheep); at times, cows' milk is used, belonging to the race Polska Krowa Czerwona (Polish red cow).
There is a large amount of evidence on tradition and importance of the Bryndza Podhalanska PDO in its production region, witnessed by literary references, land owners' ordinances and royal decrees. The first references to this cheese date back to 1527, it was used as payment method or as a tribute component. In literature, numerous descriptions can be found throughout the years on the processing method and information on its price.
The Bryndza Podhalanska PDO has a soft paste, a colour varying between white and cream, possibly with a pale green shade. Its taste is spicy, salty or slightly salty and at times a bit sour.
The Bryndza Podhalanska PDO should be kept in a cool place and, if cut, in the refrigerator wrapped in suitable paper or aluminium. It can be enjoyed au naturel, as a snack, as appetizer or mixed with sour cream and spices. It is also used as ingredient in gastronomic preparations, served with dry wines or beer.
PDO (Protected Designation of Origin)(ES). Protected designation of origińe (PDO) stands for a product for which the principal steps for production are done following a well-established technique within the same geographical area, which gives the product its characteristics. Year of registration 2007
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