Hard Cheese

Generally these cheeses are the longest matured and have the smallest moisture content. Hard cheeses normally come either cloth bound, wax covered or with a natural rind.
870 - Ossau Iraty

Ossau Iraty

The only protected cheese of the Pyrenees. The sheep graze on hillsides in winter and pastures in summer.

Ossau Iraty is a delicious traditional cheese from the Bearnais and Basque regions of France. The presence of Pyrenean cheeses was first recorded by the latin writer Martial at the markets of Toulouse in the first century, and in the 14th century, ewes' milk cheese became a recognised value of exchange in return for rent or goods and therefore became the main source of revenue for shepherds.

In the 1970's, the most part of milk collected from ewes in the Bearn and Basque region were transformed into Roquefort cheese. This had a major influence on the development of the ovine dairy production in the region, but marginalised many of the other styles of ewes' milk cheeses, such as the Ossau Iraty. After the 1970s, however, local production of Roquefort fell and production of traditional, local ewes' cheese increased again. In order to protect their traditional cheese, producers from the Bearn and the Basque Region created a syndicate to protect and obtain the acknowledgement of the Ossau Iraty cheese as AOC.

Ossau Iraty has a pinkish, light grey rind. Its interior is compact with no holes and should be slightly elastic in texture. In taste, the cheese is nutty and milky and due to its unctuous consistency and firmness is often enjoyed accompanied by red berry jams, or cooked in mini tarts or pastries as amuse-bouches.

Not for export  Sheep PLU: 870
per 250g

Key Facts

  • Country Made In France
  • Type of Milk Sheep
  • Pasteurisation Pasteurised
  • Vegetarian No
  • Region Basque
  • Organic No
  • Flavour Sweet and nutty
  • Accreditation PDO
  • Weight 250g

Store & Serve

All cut cheeses are cut to order and will have approximately 12 days shelf life on them from the date the order is despatched

  • StorageKeep refrigerated.
  • Instructions for useServe at room temperature.
  • Recommended DrinkFaugeres


  • IngredientsEwes' Milk, Salt, Rennet, Dairy Cultures (Milk)
  • AllergensMilk
  • Name & address of food supplierPaxton & Whitfield Ltd, 93 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6JE

These summary details have been prepared for information purposes only. While we have taken care in preparing this summary and believe it is accurate, it is not a substitute for reading the product packaging and label prior to use. Paxton & Whitfield is unable to accept liability for any incorrect information. If you require specific advice, please contact our mail order team on 01451 823460 or email sales@paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk.

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