Cabrales cheeseCabrales cheese
(Spanish queso Cabrales
) is a natural cheese
made in the artisan tradition by rural dairy
farmers. This cheese can be made of pure cow
, but, depending on availability, can also be blended with some goat
milk as well. All the milk used in its production must come exclusively from herds raised in a small zone of production in northern Spain
. Cabrales is aged from two to six months in natural caves
in the mountains
nearby. In these caves, the relative humidity
is 90% and the temperature
varies between 7° and 13° C (45° - 55° F). These conditions favor the development of penicillium
molds, yielding veins of blue-greenish color. Cabrales is sharp and tangy, and even more so when made with mixed milks. Like Gorgonzola
, it is a famous blue cheese whose name is often copied by inferior imitations.
Note: Contrary to popular belief, authentic Cabrales is wrapped in aluminum foil, not leaves. Spanish blue cheese wrapped in leaves is either called Valdeon or Picon.
See also: List of cheeses