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  • Made from pasteurized cow's milk

  • Country of origin: Finland

  • Family: Havarti

  • Type: semi-soft

  • Fat content: 34%

  • Texture: creamy, smooth and spreadable

  • Rind: rindless

  • Colour: pale yellow

  • Flavour: buttery, mild

  • Aroma: fresh, pleasant

  • Vegetarian: yes

  • Producers: Valio Ltd

  • Synonyms: Baby Muenster

Oltermanni is a Finnish cheese that is often compared to Danish cheese Havarti in terms of taste and flavour while some compare it with Muenster. In fact, it is nicknamed Baby Muenster by many. Manufactured by Valio, the cheese is a favourite cheese in Finland and Scandinavian countries, where it is often eaten with rye bread, sandwiches or other meals like rice pies.

Traditional Oltermanni is a creamy, buttery, mild flavoured cheese that is moderately smooth, though not as soft and spreadable as goat cheese. It can be cut into wedges or slices and served with fresh fruits like pears, grapes or plums or wines such as Merlot or Pinot Grigio. However, a contemporary and spreadable form of Oltermanni has made it a cheese for sandwiches, sauces and soups.

Though original Oltermanni is available in a tightly wrapped cylinder form, newer introductions come in tubs with peelable tops to make it easy to open and store. Oltermanni is a rich cheese with high-fat content. 

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