PDO Ossau-Iraty, guaranteed Béarn and Basque Country
A product of the farming and cattle-raising system, this farmhouse ewe’s milk cheese comes from the Pyrénées Atlantiques region. In the 14th century it was recognised as a trading currency in various rental or purchase contracts and was the leading source of income for shepherds. Its name is derived from Ossau Valley in Béarn and the Iraty mountains in the Basque Country. A ewe’s milk cheese that is reputed to keep well, it is traditionally eaten with black cherry jam but some gourmet lovers recommend trying it with quine paste.