Queijo de Nisa - Nisa Cheese
The Nisa Cheese is shaped as a short cylinder. It is made from raw, pure ewe's milk, curdled with cardoon and aged for at least 45 days.
The weight and size of this cheese varies according to the two sizes it comes in:
- Merendeiras (snack-size) - 3 to 5 cm high, 10 to 12 cm in diameter and weighing between 200 to 400 g.
- Normais (normal) - 5 to 8 cm high, 13 to 16 cm in diameter and weighing between 800 and 1,3 kg.
It is further characterized by a whit-yellow half-hard paste, closed and smooth, with a few small eyes, strong smell and a slightly acidulated flavour.
The area of production of the Nisa Cheese is confined to the counties of Nisa, Crato, Castelo de Vide, Marvão, Portalegre, Monforte, Arronches and Alter do Chão, in the Alto Alentejo region.