Australia boasts one of the world’s leading dairy industries. A variety of dairy products are produced here because of its clean, lush pastures and diverse climate. With the access of technology from England in 1850s, it started making more than 160 varieties of cheeses.
The name Ricotta is derived from the Italian word recocta that means “recooked”. It is fresh, unripened cow’s milk cheese that has a thick texture with high moisture content. The cheese has a creamy mild flavor and a short shelf life. Ricotta differs from Cottage Cheese and Quark, as it is made from whey to which a small proportion of either whole or skimmed milk is added. Because of low-salt content and light flavor, it can be perfectly used in sweet or savory dishes.
Other Australian cheeses:
Heidi Gruyere, Kervella Affine, Mersey Valley Original Vintage, Pyengana Cheddar, Tala, Washed Rind Cheese (Australian)
Grabetto, Milawa Aged Blue, Milawa Goats Tomme, Pyengana Cheddar, Tasmania Highland Chevre Log, Washed Rind Cheese (Australian)
Blue Vein (Australian), King River Gold, Meredith Blue, Milawa Affine, Mozzarella (Australian), Neufchatel (Australian), Polkolbin, Roaring Forties Blue
Bega Processed Cheddar, Gippsland Blue, Jindi Brie, Kervella Affine, King Island Cape Wickham Brie, Meredith Blue, Milawa Blue, Milawa Brie, Milawa White, Timboon Brie, Washed Rind Cheese (Australian), Woodside Cabecou, Woodside Charleston
fresh soft cheeses:
Ashed Pyramid, Cottage Cheese (Australian), Fresh Pyramid, Mascarpone (Australian), Quark