Three Fine Brines to Try
True Feta is of mythological standards, and in Greece we discovered the Zeus of them all! So good, we had to figure out a way to bring it over the ocean to you, our Market District shoppers — a Herculean effort, we admit.
Feta is one of those cheeses mimicked all over the world, the name “Feta” being misapplied to a labyrinth of cheese concoctions (fakes) — a tragedy, indeed.
Real Feta comes floating in a container with marvelous salty brine and it is NOT made from cow’s milk. It is made from sheep’s milk, goat’s milk or some combination of the two.
That said, we introduce you to two of the most interesting, genuine Fetas imported directly from our farmer friends in Greece and Bulgaria. Once you taste these, you will most certainly be dancing the Sirtaki (the dance made popular in Zorba the Greek)!
- P.D.O. Greek Brined Feta — This is a true Greek Feta. It is name protected and produced in Greece with a combination of sheep's and goat’s milk. By European Union law, it contains at minimum of 70% sheep’s milk. The flavor of this marvelous Feta find is salty, acetic and creamy all at once. It crumbles perfectly, though nothing is better than a solid slab on top a salad. Let the eater do the crumbling ... it’s all part of the Feta experience (we are saying nothing here about the “licking the fingers” part).
- Bulgarian Brined 100% Goat’s Milk Feta — Bulgarian you say? Yes, Bulgarian. Geographically, Bulgaria and Greece are kissing cousins and for many, many years the Bulgarians have been producing some of the finest Feta around — pure goat goodness, with a subtlety that is marvelous and slightly less salty than its Greek relative.
Market District Exclusive! Bulgarian Brined 100% Buffalo Milk “Feta”
This is one of the copycats, but a fine copycat it is. Found only at Market District, this most interesting “Feta” is made with 100% buffalo milk. Though traditionally used to make Mozzarella, buffalo translates VERY well in the making of Feta. It offers a dryness and sweetness that is not found in the traditional goat/sheep Feta. Very unique and MOST DEFINITELY worth a try.