Country of origin: Greece
Type: fresh soft, whey
Flavour: mild, salty, sour
Aroma: mild, pungent
Synonyms: Dried Mizythra, Mizithra, Sour Mizythra, Xinomizythra, Fresh Mizythra , Mizythra
Myzithra (Mizythra or Mizithra) is a traditional unpasteurised Greek cheese made from the whey of sheep, or goat milk. It has been made in Greece for thousands of years and is believed to be the ancestor of all Greek whey cheeses. There are two forms of Mizythra, fresh and dried. In Cyprus, similar cheese is known as Anari.
Fresh Mizythra is unsalted and consumed within a few days.
In some parts of Greece, especially Crete, Fresh Mizythra is slightly fermented, until it becomes sour in taste. The result is a creamy, spreadable cheese called ‘Xinomizythra’ or ‘Sour Mizythra’. The snowy white cheese with a flavour similar to Ricotta Salata is used by Cretans to spread on paximadia or prepare tyropitas and kaltsounakia cheese pies.
Aged Mizythra with rock-hard texture and salty taste is called Dried Mizythra. In this form, Mizythra is usually savoured as a grating or cooking cheese over spaghetti.