Feta cheese is a soft, white, salty, crumbly cheese that comes from sheep’s milk. It is usually served as part of a meze (appetizer) spread.
History of Feta cheese
Feta cheese was first produced in Greece around 1000 BC. It is believed that the name “feta” derives from the Greek word “phitos”, meaning “smooth”.
Types of Feta cheese
There are three main types of Feta cheese:
Traditional Feta cheese is made from sheep’s or goat’s milk and is aged for at least 6 months. It is firm and crumbly, with a strong flavor.
White Feta cheese is made using cow’s milk and contains less salt than traditional Feta. It is softer and creamier than traditional Feta.
Blue Feta cheese is made with cow’s milk but is not aged. It is milder than traditional Feta and has a slightly blue color.
How to store Feta cheese
Fetta cheese should be stored in a dry, dark place away from light. Refrigeration will cause the cheese to lose its texture and become watery.
How to use Feta cheese
FETA cheese is delicious when used as a salad dressing, added to dips, or sprinkled on top of pasta dishes.
Health benefits of Feta cheese
Here are some of the health benefits of Feta cheese –
Feta cheese has been used for centuries to treat digestive disorders such as diarrhea and constipation.
The main ingredient in feta cheese is milk from sheep’s stomachs, which contains lactose. Lactose is a sugar found naturally in breast milk and milk from cows, goats, and other mammals.
However, when lactose is consumed in large amounts, it can cause gas, bloating, cramps, and diarrhea.