Beyaz peynir (Turkish, literally "white cheese", "peynir" is from Persian پنیر paneer) is a salty, white cheese made from unpasteurized milk. The cheese has a slightly grainy appearance and is similar to Balkan cheese varieties feta and sirene.
Beyaz peynir is produced in a variety of styles, ranging from non-matured cheese curds to a quite strong mature version. It is eaten plain, for example as part of the traditional Turkish breakfast, used in salads, and incorporated into cooked foods such as menemen, börek, and pide.
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