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P'tit Basque / Petit Basque

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Country: France
Region: Pyrenees Mountains
Texture: Semi-Firm
Type of Milk: Sheep
Aging time: Approximately 60 – 70 days
Pasteurized: Yes

P’tit Basque is a pasteurized sheep milk cheese from the French Pyrenees. It is a relatively new cheese that was first released in 1997 and manufactured by the Lactalis Company. It is a semi-firm, washed rind cheese that is coated in wax that looks like a basket weave to retain its moisture and to prevent it from creating a moldy rind. The cheese is manufactured in small wheels that are approximately three inches high and two to three inches in diameter. Each wheel only weighs around 1.5 pounds. The pate is ivory colored and smooth with a sweet and fragrant aroma. Its texture is creamy yet dense with a well-balanced sweet and salty flavor.

 

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