Picodon de l'Ardèche PDO must be conserved in the least cold compartment of the refrigerator, wrapped into its original package or into a sealed box. Before eating it, it is suggested to leave it rest at room temperature for about an hour. It is tasted cold, generally at the end of a meal, or used to prepare warm dishes. Both cold and warm can be combined with salad. It is very good grilled and can be marinated into white wine, brandy or olive oil. The wines of Côtes du Rhônes, both white and red, are perfect to accompany it.
Picodon de l'Ardèche PDO has the shape of a small disk with rounded borders. Depending on the method of ripening used, the cheese achieves a different appearance: traditional Picodon de l'Ardèche PDO, which weighs about 60 gr, measures from 5 cm to 7 cm diameter and from 1.8 cm to 2.5 cm height, whilst Picodon affiné méthode Dieulefit weighs minimum 45 gr and measures 4.5 cm to 6 cm diameter and 1.3 cm to 2.5 cm height. Both cheeses have a white or blue rind, while the paste shows a colour spanning from white to light yellow and, if ripe, it becomes marbled and friable. The flavour is fresh, milky and pungent and becomes slightly acid with an aftertaste of walnut when ripe.
The Picodon de l'Ardèche PDO is a soft-paste cheese produced with whole milk from sheep of Alpine and Saanen breeds and their crossbreeds and local breeds.
The Picodon de l'Ardèche PDO has always been known as the best goat cheese in the Ardèche and Drôme mountains. Its name has an Occitan origin and means prickling. This cheese has originated from the need to conserve goat's milk for a long period to consume it, in form of cheese, in different periods of the year.
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 2009
310 kcal per 100 gr.
23 gr. per 100 gr.
40 - 45 %
1 gr. per 100 gr.
1.4 gr. per 100 gr.
18 gr. per 100 gr.
560 mg. ( – 31% )*
*(the difference from the average value)
9,6 - Individual visits per month (average)
265 - All individual visits
28 11 2016 - Date of publication of this article