Milk: Pasteurised Cows' & Goats' Milk
Origin: Castilla y Leon, Spain
Style: Semi-Soft Blue
Suitable for Vegetarians: No
Suitable During Pregnancy: No
Picos de Europa, also known as Valdeon is a Spanish blue cheese, produced in the Valdeon Valley, which is located in the Castile-Leon region of NW Spain.
Made all year round with cow or goat milk, or a mixture of both, the cheese has very dense, blue veining. It traditionally came wrapped in maple or chestnut leaves. It is a bold and salty cheese. Its uniqueness comes from the manufacturing process, which includes long and traditional maturing in cold damp cellars, until the cheese reaches a mature or medium mature age. The pate has a soft, granular texture. It is pale yellow in colour and is full of small cavities that are filled with blue molds. It is covered by a course, inconsistent rind in dark grey shades, with little red marks. Valdeon is very strong and spicy in taste, similar to Roquefort.
This cheese can be purchased as part of the following gift sets: