Galicia’s Tetilla Cheese
Tetilla is a typical Galician cheese made from the herd of Friesians, Alpine Browns and Rubia Gallega cows. Since 1992, it has been one of the four cheeses that received DOP recognition. The name Tetilla is Galician for “Nipple”, which describes the shape of the cheese – a pear shaped cone. This cheese has a pale yellow, thin, natural rind or sometimes no rind can be seen at all. Its texture is soft, thick and smooth with scatterings of air pockets. Yellowish ivory in colour Tetilla has a creamy mouth feel with buttery, slightly bitter and tangy flavours surrounding the palate. The maturing, which takes place between 10 and 30 days, happens in the hot and humid climate of Galicia. Try Tetilla with dry full-bodied wine, sherry, young whites, manzanilla and especially the Galician whites – albariño or ribeiro. Spanish love their cheese with quince paste, fruit, crackers, baked dishes and bread.