Serra da Estrela cheese

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Serra da Estrela is an artisan, DOP, ewes’ milk cheese which has been made for centuries by shepherds in the Serra da Estrela Mountains in Beira. It is known as the ‘King of Portuguese Cheese’.

To make the cheese, the milk is curdled by a rennet of cardoon flowers or lambs’ rennet and the curds are broken up manually. Soft and almost spreadable, the white cheese has a smooth, thin, straw-coloured rind and an unmistakable aroma and flavour. It has a clean, perfumed bouquet, and a sweet, burnt toffee finish.

The cheese is soft and cylindrical with slightly bulging sides and a stronger, harder and crumblier version is also available. The soft variety is only produced in autumn and winter. It can weigh between 1 and 2 kg, is 25 cm in diameter and is 5-7 cm high.

Calories in different varieties and various types of cheeses

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For example, almost cheeses that are similar to Cheddar cheese have around 400 calories per 100g

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Cheese type Calories per 100g
American cheese 371
Blue cheese 353
Camembert cheese 299
Cheddar cheese 402
Cottage cheese 98
Edam cheese 357
Farmer's cheese 98
Feta cheese 264
Fontina cheese 389
Goat cheese 364
Gouda cheese 356
Gruyere cheese 413
Mozzarella cheese 280
Parmesan cheese 431
Pimento cheese 375
Provolone cheese 352
Queso blanco cheese 310
Ricotta cheese 174
Roquefort cheese 369
Swiss cheese 380

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