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Lebbene

Lebbene is an Israeli cheese produced from sheep's milk and shaped into small, little balls. It is unbelievably soft and stored in olive oil. The cheese is enjoyed throughout the Middle East where it is known by different names such as Lebney in Syria, Labaneh in Jordan and Gibne in the Arabian Peninsula. The cheese has an interesting history attached to it. Around 3000 years ago, a small shepherd boy killed a giant with a small, round stone and his descendents eat cheese shaped into similar balls. This cheese can also be made from goat's milk and its consistency is almost liquidly with a fat content of 45%.

  • Made from goat's or sheep's milk
  • Country of origin: Israel
  • Synonyms: Gibne
  • Alternative spellings: Lebney, Labaneh
  • Type: soft, artisan
  • Fat content: 45%
  • Texture: smooth
  • Rind: natural
  • Color: white
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