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Country of originGermany
Source of milkCow
Named afterHarz
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Harzer cheese is a German sour milk cheese made from low fat curd cheese,[1] which originates in the Harz mountain region south of Braunschweig.[2]

Harzer is often small and round, in which case it is called Handkäse or Taler, or cylindrical, in which case it is called Stangenkäse. Frequently, the small and round variety is sold in a cylindrical package, which is then called Harzer Roller.[1]

Harzer cheese is typically flavoured with caraway. Some varieties are white mold cheeses, others red mold cheeses. The latter type generally has a stronger flavour, and both types develop a strong aroma after maturing for a few days or weeks. Harzer has a distinctive strong smell and overpowering flavour.

Harzer contains very little fat (less than 1%) but extremely high protein (usually around 30%) and therefore is often used for special diets and sport nutrition.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b Bockelmann, Wilhelm & Willems, Peter & Jäger, Beate & Hoppe-Seyler, Tobias & Engel, Günter & Heller, Knut (2002). "Reifung von Harzer Käse ("Ripening of Harzer cheese")". Kieler milchwirtschaftliche Forschungsberichte (in German). 54: 317–335.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ Juliett Harbutt, ed. (2009). World Cheese Book. New York: DK Publishing.