Halloumi is a salty, brined unripened cheese originating from Cyprus. In Greek it is Halloumi, in Turkish it is Hellim.
Halloumi is traditionally made from a mixture of sheep and goat milk.
The Cypriots have attempted to try to obtain PDO certification for this cheese. However, I believe, this has been unsuccessful. There will be enough bickering with the larger companies trying to include cows milk in the PDO. Objections have been sent from Dairy Australia, British cheesemakers, US, Turkey and Kuwait. This might drag on.
So we will stick with name Halloumi for now.
Up until recently only our friends and family have enjoyed Halloumi made from our beautiful milk. In recent weeks we have occasionally had some Halloumi available at the markets.
Response to our Halloumi tastings at the markets has been very positive. People with Greek, Cypriot and Turkish backgrounds have made very positive comments about the authenticity of our version of this cheese.