What’s My Name? Feta.
What Kind of Cheese Am I? A fresh, brined cheese traditionally made of goat’s and/or sheep’s milk, but there are some cow’s milk versions of me out there too.
Where Am I From? I was born in Greece, but you’ll find me in a lot of countries, from Bulgaria to America.
Three Words That Describe Me: Versatile, reliable, and perky
Fun Fact: Because I’m preserved in a salty brine, I’ll last for 6 months or more in your fridge.
What Do I Smell Like? Fresh cream and sea water
What Do I Feel Like? Soft and crumbly.
What Do I Taste Like? Tangy like yogurt and briny like oysters
Favorite Foods: Name a food, any food, and chances are I love it! Some of my favorites are olives, freshly baked pita, pickles, roasted vegetables, grilled lamb, sautéed greens, raw tomato slices, garbanzo beans, ripe figs,watermelon, chopped mint, toasted pine nuts – the list is endless.
Favorite Beverages: I’m a lightweight and can be easily overpowered. Hand me a gentle pilsner or light-bodied red, and I’ll sing.
Where to Find Me:You’ll find me everywhere, but some brands are too dry and salty and just don’t do me justice. Look for versions of me from France, Greece, Israel, and Bulgaria at supermarkets, such as Whole Foods or Mariano’s. Ask your local monger or specialty food store about local versions of me, too.
What I’ll Cost You: $5-12 per package (6-12 ounces)
**Pictured above. Marinated Feta from Door County Creamery**