Ibores Paprika Valmorisco - Sold by the Pound
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From the Extremadura region of southwestern Spain bordering on Portugal comes Ibores, an artisanal raw milk goat cheese with a rind of paprika. The mountainous zone of Los Ibores is home to the special Spanish goats that make Ibores milk the Mountain Verata and Retinta breeds. These goats thrive on the natural resources provided by the areas pastures and lower hillsides, giving milk that is rich in aromas, fat and protein. The goats are kept in small herds, and the cheeses made from their milk are also small. Ibores is stunning with its red-orange rind and paste of ivory. It is released after 2 months of aging, at which point it is semi-firm and tangy with an acidic yet buttery flavor. With even more age under its belt, it can be shaved over salads and hot dishes. At any stage, it is a wonderful accompaniment to fresh fruits and vegetables.