Serving Suggestion

Serving Suggestions for Hātea

This semi-hard cheese has a crumbly texture, with a hint of butterscotch and a distinctive bitter citrus tang.   Hātea  is based on a popular English cheese called Red Leicester.  We age ours for a minimum of five months. We make two types; mā (white) and whero (red).

The red colouring is a vegetable dye that is derived from the fruit husk of an annatto tree, which grows in South America.  The tradition of adding colour to cheese comes from countries where traditionally animals were grain-fed over winter and the cheesemakers wanted to emulate the colour of milk obtained from grass-fed animals.  The carotene in grass is what gives New Zealand milk its rich creamy yellow colouring.

 Serving suggestions:

  • Share with friends on a cheese board.
  • Melted in sauces
  • Grilled topping to pasta/ baked potatoes…
  • Cubed in salads
  • Grated
  • On plain crackers
  • Serve with slices of apple or pear

Storage

1-4°C.  Wrap in baking paper and keep in airtight container or cover with clingfilm.

 

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