This year we’ve enjoyed so many delicious cheeses, including a variety of sheep’s cheeses, asiago cheeses from Italy, and today I’m sharing about Austrian cheeses. There are over 400 varieties of cheese produced by dairy farmers and producers in the Austrian Alps. The local cows, which are made up of Fleckvieh/Simmental, Brown Swiss, Holstein Friesian, Pinzgauer, Grauvieh Cattle are fed local grass, herbs, and flowers which contribute to unique flavors that can be expected from Austrian cheeses. Each of the cheeses on our charcuterie board feature rich piquant flavors that are typical of Austrian cheese and two of our cheeses featured local flora.
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If you’re looking for an Austrian cheese with a strong flavor, with a hint of sweetness, then Alp Blossom cheese is definitely one to consider for a charcuterie board featuring European cheeses. Like with another of the cheese we sampled on our charcuterie board, Alp Blossom cheeses feature a rind that is covered in local flora, including marigold, rose petals, lavender, and chervil.
This cheese pairs well with salted crackers, chocolate, and ham.
Like the Alp Blossom cheese, Tirol cheeses feature a piquant (strong) flavor that is typical of aged cheese, and most Tirol cheese are aged at least six months. This cheese is low in fat and is made in the Tyrolean Alp valleys, Austria where it gets its name. It’s an ideal addition for a cheese platter or charcuterie board, and we cut our cheese each of our cheeses in different ways to distinguish them on our board.
This cheese features creamy notes, and of the three cheeses is the mildest. While we chose to feature all three of the cheeses on our charcuterie board, Hayflower Rebel also melted beautifully and its creamy texture makes it ideal for use in dishes such Käsespätzle an Alpine version of mac and cheese.
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