Tetilla cheese

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Other names Perilla
Country of origin Spain
Region Galicia
Source of milk Cows' milk
Pasteurised Yes
Texture Soft, creamy
Weight 0.5 to 1.5 kg (1.1 to 3.3 lb)
Certification DO 1993
DOP 1996
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Tetilla is a regional cheese made in Galicia, in north-western Spain. It is a common element in Galician cuisine, often used as a dessert. It has had Denominación de Origen certification since 1993 and European DOP certification since 1996.[1]

Originally produced in small towns along the border between the provinces of A Coruña and Pontevedra such as Arzúa, Melide, Curtis or Sobrado dos Monxes,[citation needed] it is now produced throughout Galicia.[1] It is made with milk from three breeds of cattle: imported Friesian and Parda Alpina (Braunvieh), and the local Rubia Gallega of Galicia.[1]

The name tetilla (Galician for small breast) describes the shape of the cheese, a sort of cone topped by a nipple, or a half pear – hence its other name, perilla. It weighs from 0.5 to 1.5 kg, with a diameter and height ranging from 90 to 150 mm.


  1. ^ a b c Denominación de Origen Protegida "Queso Tetilla" (in Spanish). Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente. Accessed January 2016.

External links[edit]

  • Queixo de Tetilla - Official site of the "Queixo Tetilla - Consello regulador Denominación de Orixe protexida Queixo Tetilla" (in Galician, Spanish, French and English)