Fall is in the air. And with fall comes a whole new selection of seasonal foods. As the air gets cooler and the colors around us start to change, our palates and stomachs ask for heartier foods and more satisfying flavor. This fall, Solex Partners offers two new goat cheeses perfect for the season.
Depth that Comes with Age
This month, Solex Partners introduces an Aged Raw Goat Cheese that has been aged 6 months. It is firm with an edible rind and provides the tanginess you expect from pure goat’s milk in a cheese that has a satisfying bite. The rind retains the look of the baskets that have been used to cure these cheeses for hundreds of years and when cut open, reveals a dense cheese that is creamy white in color. This cheese is a delicious compliment to the hearty flavors of fall.
Young and Sweet
With the same credentials, but much younger, our Goat Cheese in Pedro Ximenez provides a different and unique flavor. This smooth, semi-soft cheese is made from pasteurized pure goat’s milk and is bathed in Pedro Ximenez wine as it ages for four weeks. Pedro Ximenez wine, made from the grape of the same name has a controversial history. Legend has it that the grape was brought to Andalusia by a soldier in Charles V’s navy named Pedro Ximenez. Regardless of the veracity of this history, the Pedro Ximenez wine imparts its sweet flavor and grape coloring to this cheese. The resulting aromatic cheese has a sweet, slightly salty flavor and an edible wine-colored rind. This cheese provides a unique flavor experience, perfect in salads or paired with a semi-dry or sweet wine.
Nature’s first Green Citizen
The maker of these cheeses, Biznaga Spanish Delights takes its name from the Jasmine flower that is the symbol of the city of Malaga, located on Spain’s Southern coast. Malaga has a long tradition of cheese making that has its roots in the region’s ideal conditions for goat herding. Their cheeses are made from the milk of Payoya and Malageña and goats. The Malageña goat is indigenous to Malaga and is well adapted to the mountainous terrain that has been its home for centuries. This rustic goat is one of nature’s first “green” citizens, thriving in areas with limited natural resources and highly adaptable to different zones and ecosystems.