Cheese of the Month – Omorro Azores
posted on September 6th, 2016 by Carl Smith
We’re excited to introduce you to our latest delicious cheese find from the Faial Island in Portugal. Omorro Azores, also known as Omorro Amanteigado, is torta-style cheese (served as a centerpiece for sharing) made from cow’s milk, which differentiates it from the sheep and goat’s milk varieties found on the mainland. Like many Portuguese cheeses, it is made using vegetarian rennet, which gives the cheese pronounced vegetal notes. It is very creamy, buttery, and unctuous with a slight tang. This type of cheese is traditionally displayed by slicing and removing the whole top rind allowing guests to enjoy its creamy, gooey paste spread onto fresh bread. Simply divine!
The cheese-maker, Rui Caldeira, is aided by his fiancée, Ana Marisa; his brother, Nuno; and his wife, Maria, at their dairy located near the natural reserve of Morro del Castelo Branco. They have been making cheese only since 2012 but have an extraordinary aptitude for it. They collect milk from local farms that have sustainable agricultural and animal welfare practices to make their cheeses, including the popular Omorro.
We recommend allowing the cheese to reach room temperature to achieve the creamy consistency that is best enjoyed on fresh bread. We also love pairing Omorro with rustic crackers, or fresh cut vegetable crudité.