I’ve already talked here about the importance of buying authentic Manchego cheese. But with the Holiday season already started it’s a good time for a reminder on how to identify this quality product.
The genuine Manchego is easy to spot if you remember the following features:
- A cylindrical shape and a firm, compact consistency. Both the flat top and bottom, known as the flor, and the sides, known as thepleita, have a distinctive pattern which characterizes the cheese.
- Maximum weight: 4 kg (8.8 pounds)
- Maximum height and diameter: 14 cm (5.5 inches) and 22 cm (8.7 inches) respectively.
- As well as the serial-numbered casein tab on one side of the cheese, there should be a back-label on top of the cheese’s commercial label.
Remember to be genuine. Only buy genuine quality.