Valdeón cheese

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Queso de Valdeón
Queso de Valdeón (León).jpg
Country of originSpain
RegionLeón
Source of milkcow's milk or from a mixture of cow's milk and ewe's and/or goat's milk[1]
Pasteurizedsometimes
Texturesemi-soft
Aging time1.5 - 2 months[1]
CertificationPGI

Queso de Valdeón (Queisu de Valdión, in Leonese language) is a Spanish blue cheese from León. The cheese is made in Posada de Valdeón, in the northeast of the province of León, and is wrapped in sycamore maple (Acer pseudoplatanus), or chestnut leaves before being sent to market. The cheese has a very intense blue flavor, but is not as yellowed or as biting as its cousin Cabrales.[2]

Queso de Valdeón has PGI status.[3]

The production of cheese in the Valdeón valley dates back to pre-Roman times, being made at that time with goat's milk as raw material. During the 19th century, cheese production was one of the main occupations in the area, since the production of milk from the cattle that grazed on the high-altitude sheepfolds during the summer was transformed into cheese in the cabins at the top or was transported to the villages of the valley. Due to the important natural barriers that delimit the valley, it has a microclimate that favors the development of the microbial flora that characterizes these cheeses.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Publication of an application for registration pursuant to Article 6(2) of Council Regulation (EEC) No 2081/92 on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin". OJEU. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  2. ^ Queso Valdeon
  3. ^ EU Queso Valdeon Profile (accessed 23 May 2009)
  4. ^ "«Queso de Valdeón» (IGP)". ITACyL Portal Web (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2022-05-17.