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Handkäse

  • Made from cow's milk

  • Country of origin: Germany

  • Type: firm

  • Texture: crumbly

  • Flavour: sour

  • Aroma: pungent

  • Synonyms: Handkäs, Handkäse mit Musik

Handkäse, also known as Handkäs or Handkäse mit Musik, is a German cheese that comes from Hesse region. Handkäse is a sour milk cheese made from curdled milk. It undergoes a fermentation process that gives it a distinctive sour taste and a distinct aroma, which can be pungent. The name "Handkäse" translates to "hand cheese" since it is shaped into small, flat rounds by hand.

Handkäse has a firm and crumbly texture and a strong and tangy flavour. Handkäse is often enjoyed with rye bread, onions, and a glass of apple wine. Handkäse is considered a speciality cheese that showcases the rich food culture of the Hesse region in Germany.

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