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Queijo do Pico

  • Made from unpasteurized cow's milk

  • Country of origin: Portugal

  • Region: Azores

  • Type: soft

  • Fat content: 45-49%

  • Texture: smooth and soft

  • Rind: natural

  • Colour: pale yellow

  • Flavour: creamy, salty

  • Aroma: aromatic, pleasant

  • Synonyms: Pico

Queijo do Pico is a Portuguese cheese with DOP (PDO) status, originating from an island of the same name in the archipelago of the Azores. Since the 18th century, it has predominantly been made for familial consumption, its cherished recipe transmitted through the passage of generations.

Queijo do Pico is made from cow's milk and natural rennet. Its interior displays a soft, doughy whitish-yellow texture concealed beneath an irregular, sun-hued crust. This cheese has a round cylindrical shape, somewhat convex on the sides. A rich and salty taste characterizes it, accompanied by an intense and delightful aroma. With fat content ranging from 45% and 49%, the cheese is considered fatty cheese. It serves as dessert or aperitif and goes well with Pico Verdelho wine.

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