This delightful rustic cow’s milk cheese “Afuega’l Pitu” is one of the finest one produced in the mountainous region of Asturias. Interestingly, it is also one of the oldest of over three dozen cheeses produced in that part of Spain.
Afuega’l Pitu cheese is all traditional and entirely handmade. For all gourmets, this Spanish cheese is a real hidden delight. Nutty and slightly piquant – it almost has citrus overtones, and the taste is creamy and even tending toward acidic, with a very distinct aroma.
With the availability of a wide range of more commercial cheese in the Spanish market, the simplicity of Afuega’l Pitu cheese is its real appeal. Many gastronomes find it very fascinating as despite made from milk of Frisian cows; it tastes a bit like goat’s milk cheese.
Buy Afuega’l Pitu Cheese
–Delightfully rustic cow’s milk cheese
–Artisan, entirely hand-made
–Nutty and a bit piquant
It is rarely found outside of Asturias, the rugged ancient kingdom of northern Spain. It appears to be a fresh cheese but soon you discover it has so much more to offer. Afuega’l Pitu is white if recently made, but becomes ivory colored as it cures longer.
Although the cheese is produced year round, it is produced more during spring and winter because of the elevated fat content in milk in that season.
Afuega’l Pitu is such a pleasure to unwrap the handmade purse shaped bundle, and spread the delightful soft cheese on crackers. Better yet, get some wonderfully crusty bread and serve with chorizo and perhaps a bottle of the wines of El Bierzo.