Type of milk: Sheep's Milk
Pasteurized: Typically unpasteurized although both versions are produced
Canestrato Pugliese is firm
cheese that is cylindrical in shape and produced from the milk of pasture feed sheep. Its name is derived from the reed baskets
(canestre) that the shepherds placed the cheese in to drain the curd and give it its shape. The paste is straw colored, with
small eye formation and the rind will be golden-brown in color. It is the only DOC and DOP protected cheese from the Italian
region of Apulia. The cheese is manufactured in a few town districts in the province of Bari and in the entire province of
Foggia and it aged for 10-12 months. During the aging process, it treated several times with extra virgin olive oil.