Picos de Europa D.O. Valdeon

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Origin: Spain
Region: Cantabria
Made by: Quesería Picos de Europa
Type: Blue
Milk: Cow & Goat
Milk Treatment: Raw
Coagulant: Animal Rennet

Often called “Valdeon”, Picos is instantly recognisable by its wrapping of maple or chestnut leaves and its intense blue veining.

Characteristics: pale yellow paste with heavy blue speckling; moist texture;  creamy, buttery, peaty flavours with a piquant finish.

Best with: Yotam Ottolenghi – who can do no wrong – uses it in a savoury cheesecake.