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Queijo do Pico

Queijo do Pico
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  • 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, sour

  • Aroma: aromatic, pleasant

Pico is a DOP protected Portuguese cheese originating from an island of the same name in the archipelago of the Azores. Since the 18th century, primarily made for family consumption, the recipe for Pico has been passed down from generation to generation.

Pico has a whitish-yellow, soft, doughy paste enveloped by an irregular yellow crust. The milk comes from the regional milk of free-bred cows. This cheese has a round cylindrical shape, somewhat convex on the sides. It has a strong salty flavour, well-balanced by an intense and pleasant aroma. With fat content ranging between 45% and 49%, Pico is considered a fatty cheese. It goes well as dessert or aperitif, served with Pico Verdelho wine.

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