Pico is a DOP protected Portuguese cheese originating from an island of the same name in the archipelago of the Azores. Primarily made for family consumption since the end of the 18th century, the recipe for Pico is passed down from generation to generation.
Pico has a whitish-yellow soft, doughy paste enveloped by a yellow irregular crust. The milk comes from the regional milk of free-bred cows. This cheese has a round cylindrical shape, somewhat convex on the sides. It has a strong salty flavour well-balanced by an intense and pleasant aroma. With fat content ranging between 45% and 49%, Pico is considered a fatty cheese. It goes well as dessert or aperitif, served with Pico Verdelho wine.
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