Olomoucké tvarůžky

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Olomoucké tvarůžky
Olomoucké tvarůžky (3).jpg
Other namesOlomoucké syrečky
Country of originCzech Republic
RegionOlomouc Region (Haná)
TownLoštice
Source of milkCows
Pasteurisedyes
Fat content0.5%
Weight20–30 g per piece
CertificationPGI
Named afterOlomouc
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Nutritional value per
Energy541[1] kJ (129 kcal)
2.6 g
Sugars2.6 g
<0.5 g
Saturated0.2 g
28 g
Other constituentsQuantity
dry matter33 g
salt5 g
Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.

Olomoucké tvarůžky ([ˈolomoutskɛː ˈtvaruːʃkɪ]), also known as olomoucké syrečky (Czech pronunciation: [ˈolomoutskɛː ˈsɪrɛtʃkɪ]), English: Olomouc cheese, Olomouc curd cheese) is a ripened soft cheese made in Loštice, Olomouc Region, Czech Republic. The cheese is very easy to recognize by its strong scent, distinctive pungent taste and yellowish colour. It is named after the city of Olomouc where it was originally sold.

Production[edit]

Tvarůžky is made from skimmed cow's milk without adding rennet, colourings, flavourings and stabilizers, and contains only 0.5% of fat.[1]

History[edit]

Dairy owner Emil Langer with his daughters and employees. In the back are tables for sun drying of the cheese.

The first written mention of this cheese is from 1452. In 1583, the name tvarůžky appeared for the first time.[2]

Until the 19th century, Olomoucké tvarůžky was produced in the villages surrounding Olomouc, and was generally regarded as a peasant food. It was at this time that the cheese began to be referred to as Olomouc curd cheese. The A. W. Company has been making this cheese since 1876.[3]

In the first decades of the 20th century there were still several dairies in Loštice that produced the cheese. Until the Holocaust some were belong to Jewish families: Langer, Eckstein, Klein and Wischnitzer.[4]

Since 2010, 'Olomoucké tvarůžky' has been registered as a Protected Geographical Indication by the European Union.[5]

In 2016, a shop in Loštice began producing a variety of ice cream based on the cheese.[6]

Tourism[edit]

Museum of Olomoucké tvarůžky

There is a small museum devoted to the cheese at the A. W. Company production plant in Loštice.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About tvaruzky". A. W. spol. s r. o. 2022-01-20.
  2. ^ "History". A. W. spol. s r. o. 2022-01-20.
  3. ^ "Olomoucke tvaruzky – Genuine Olomouc cheese brand – boasts a 130 year history". Czech Radio. 15 June 2006. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Loštice: Synagogální lavice" (in Czech). Respect and Tolerance. Retrieved 27 April 2022.
  5. ^ "Council Regulation (EC) No 510/2006 'Olomoucké tvarůžky'". European Council. 2022-01-20.
  6. ^ Skácel, Jiří; Lopatka, Jan (August 9, 2016). "Stinky cheese ice cream becomes Czech summer hit". Reuters. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  7. ^ "Museum of A.W. Olomoucke Tvaruzky". A. W. spol. s r. o. 2022-01-20.

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