The Ladotyri Mytilinis PDO is a hard table cheese produced with ovine milk or with a mixture of ovine and caprine milk, the latter of which should not exceed 30%.
The production area of the Ladotyri Mytilinis PDO is on the island of Lesbos, in the prefecture of Lesbos, in the Northern Aegean Islands.
The Ladotyri Mytilinis PDO is a famous local cheese from the Lesbos Island, which has been produced since ancient times and is preserved in olive oil. It is obtained with traditional methods and matures in facilities located inside the mentioned geographic area. Nowadays, once maturation and drying are concluded, the cheese is preserved in olive oil or covered with paraffin wax. It is one of the rarest cheeses in Greece, which is one reason for it being one of the most appreciated.
The name Ladotyri Mytilinis means, "Cheese that preserves in oil" and is due to the particular preservation method of this cheese, a characteristic that distinguishes the Ladotyri Mytilinis PDO.
The Ladotyri Mytilinis PDO has a cylindrical shape. Its paste has a light yellow colour and its taste is fragrant, slightly spicy and very salty.
The Ladotyri Mytilinis PDO, if not covered with paraffin wax, should be kept in olive oil, in cool and dry places. It is a table cheese and can be eaten on its own, but can also be used to season typical dishes or various salad types.
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 1996
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20 08 2016 - Date of publication of this article
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