Anyone else think that food is the best part about travel? We sure do. And after months of not being able to go further than “another walk around the block,” we’re itching for a taste of something new.
Luckily, we don’t have to go too far to experience the sense of pure happiness that we get from travel — just one bite of Azorean cheese does the trick.
Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores is an archipelago of nine islands full of nature in its purest state: rolling green pastures, stunning volcanic lakes, animals grazing and swimming freely — OK, OK, showoff, much?
We get it, it’s basically paradise. But what’s even more magnificent than the sightseeing are the culinary delicacies that come from the Azores’s healthy land and livestock.
You won’t be hard-pressed to find content cows munching on grass while you’re out exploring the islands. Here, animals graze 365 days a year — the only spot in Europe where this is possible.
The combination of this free-grazing system, small farms and traditional farming methods creates cheese of the utmost quality that’s full of rich, unforgettable flavour — eating Azorean cheese is more of an experience than something you just consume.
The EU Free Grazing Dairy project (from the Enjoy it’s From Europe Program) aims to bring the best Azorean cheese to Canadians so we can stop daydreaming about gallivanting through the Azores and start snacking.
From the intense Ilha cheese that pairs wonderfully with red wine or sweet pineapple to the São Jorge DOP cheese with its centuries-old production method, each Azorean cheese is as unique as its island of origin.
Enjoy them on their own, or incorporate them into your cooking this summer with two fun recipes: A creamy caesar salad appetizer and a scrumptious puff pastry for dessert — because, after all, what's a salad without something sweet to follow.
To start your Azores cheese journey today, head to sayazorescheese.com.
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