Mestiço Tolosa IGP

Mestiço de Tolosa Cheese is an IGP (Protected Geographical Indication) status cheese made with a mixture of sheep and goat’s raw milk and either animal or vegetarian rennet. It is produced in the Portalegre region in the province of Alentejo in east-central Portugal. It can only be produced at approved production units located in the defined geographical area. The milk, from domestic or well-adapted breeds of sheep and goats, are farmed extensively, mainly on natural or improved pastures, cereal stubble or fallow land. Has a maturation process between 30 and 35 days and the tipical orange color is given by sweet red pepper and wine emulsion, which is a natural insecticide. Tolosa is a semi-hard, yellowish cheese has a few small holes and a regular shape, with well-defined sharp edges. The rind is slightly rough, thin and smooth, occasionally oily but resistant. It weighs between 150 g and 400 g and has a slightly vigorous, clean and spicy taste and a pleasant and distinctive

MILK TYPE Raw sheep and goat’s milk
Rennet Animal rennet
Region Alentejo – South Interior of Portugal
Consistency Semi-hard
Rind Washed, covered with red pepper and wine emulsion
Aging > 90 days
Flavour Slightly vigorous, clean and spicy
Weight (average)