By far, the most popular and the most ancient of the Greek Cheeses. It is the traditional cheese of Greece.
Feta is traditionally made from goat or sheep's milk and is stored in barrels of brine. Most feta comes from
mountainous areas. Greeks eat feta in different ways.
It is used in salads (greek salad - horiatiki), baked in pies, crumbled on omelettes or even stuffed into fish. Probably the
most favourite way to eat feta is to lay a thick slab on a plate, pour some olive oil and a pinch of oregano on top.
Haloumi: Made in Cyprus, this cheese is very much like riccota and soft mitzithra in texture and in colour.
Telemes: Is a variation of Feta cheese.
The difference is that it is made from cow's milk.
Kaseri: This is a mild - sharp tasting cheese (depending on variety).
It is faint yellow in color, oily in texture and usually eaten on it's own. It is made from sheep's milk.
It is good as a table cheese.
Mizithra (Mitzithra):It is made from sheep's or goat's milk and comes in two forms. The fresh, ricotta-lke Mizithra is unsalted.
The dried version is salted, aged until hard and is good for grating and cooking.
Like Ricotta and cottage cheese, Mizithra is more often used for sweet pies.
Anthotiro: A variation of Mizithra. It is buttery in texture It comes in to variations, soft and dry, like Mizithra.
Kefalotiri: This Traditional Greek cheese is very hard in texture.
It is made with a combination of sheep and goat's milk.
Salty and sharp tasting, it's similar to Regato and Parmesan and is used for grating over spaghetti. Primarily is used
for frying. It is ripened for at least three months and so acquires a sharp aroma and a rich salty, tangy taste.
Kefalograviera: A cross between Kefalotiri and Graviera, this cheese is made from cow's milk.
It's a hard cheese, pale yellow in color with a sharp taste and smell. Used as a table cheese, for grating or frying.
Graviera: Hard in texture, mild in taste, this cheese resembles Swiss or Gruyere in texture. It
is served with meals or used for grating over spaghetti.
Manouri: Like Mizithra, Ricotta and Cottage cheese, Manouri is soft in texture and unsalted. It is
made from full fat sheep's milk and is mainly used for sweet pies. In Athens and the islands manouri is the name
of soft cream cheese.
Touloumotiri:It is a moist, snow-white cheese. It is sweeter and stored
by hanging in goatskin or sheepskin bags.
Kapnisto Metsovone:One of the few smoked cheeses of Greece. It is made from cow's milk, but sometimes with
the addition of a little sheep's or goat's milk.
Ladotyri:This is sheep's and goat's milk cheese. It is made in the shape of small spheres and so is
sometimes called kefalaki (little head). Its proper name refers to olive oil, in which it is aged. It can spend as much
as a year in this state and emerge richer and tastier to the point of decadence.