Manchego cheese has historically been crafted using milk sourced from sheep that graze on the elevated central Plateau of Spain. This hard cheese boasts a silky texture, a buttery mouthfeel, and a flavorful profile that lingers long after consumption, making it a popular choice for many cheese lovers.Marthinus Strydom
Manchego cheese has a rich history dating back thousands of years. Its origin can be traced back to the La Mancha region of Spain, where sheep farming and cheese production were deeply intertwined with the local culture and economy. Manchego was traditionally made by shepherds who roamed the central Plateau of Spain with their flocks of sheep, using milk from their own animals to craft the cheese. Over time, this cheese became a staple food in the region and gained popularity throughout Spain and beyond. In 1984, the Manchego cheese received the designation of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) from the European Union, which recognized its unique characteristics and the traditional methods used to make it. Today, Manchego cheese remains a beloved food in Spain and is enjoyed by people around the world.
Spain, a country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, includes 17 autonomous regions with diverse geography and cultures. Capital city Madrid is home to the Royal Palace and Prado museum, housing works by European masters. Segovia has a medieval castle (the Alcázar) and an intact Roman aqueduct. Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Gaudí’s whimsical modernist landmarks like the Sagrada Família church.
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