Halloumi Fun Facts
7th September 2021
It is Organic September, a month long campaign that is aimed at raising awareness of the benefits of organic food and farming. Thus helping to support biodiversity, combat climate change, set high standards of animal welfare, reduce exposure to pesticides and ultimately, creating food you can trust.
Here at Futura and we are celebrating the release the first organic product in the YAMAS! family, Organic Halloumi. A wonderful, flavoursome product with a lot of character.
Halloumi, the cheese that is famous for being the “squeaky cheese”, has grown in popularity in more recent years. Initially Halloumi was used as a BBQ favourite, where it has since boomed in popularity, making it a go-to protein source for vegetarian & flexitarian diets. Halloumi is now so popular it can be found on most menus, playing a role at many meal occasions and is certainly a popular ingredient in home cooking, for example it’s now widely used as a breakfast staple!
We all know this Cypriot cheese is a popular choice across Cyprus, Greece and across the Middle East, but did you know these fun facts about Halloumi:
- It is a cooked semi-hard, unripened, brined cheese that has a high melting point so is great grilled, pan fried or cooked on the BBQ.
- The English word for Halloumi is derived from the Greek word for Halloumi; Khalloúmi (χαλλούμι).
- Traditionally Halloumi is manufactured using only sheep and goat’s milk, however the Halloumi of today is commonly made using a mixture of cow, sheep and goat’s milk.
- Halloumi is made exclusively in Cyprus, where production and consumption dates back to somewhere between 395 AD and 1191 AD, (and was probably enjoyed by the Romans!).
- The Halloumi trademark prevents any copies being named Halloumi within the EU, ensuring that Halloumi is only produced in Cyprus (with a PDO pending in Europe!).
- More than 12,000 tonnes of Halloumi is consumed each year in Britain.
- The cheese is formed by placing the cooked curds into moulds and then hand folding them to get the distinctive folded shape.
- The cheese has a salty, milky flavour with mint notes from the dried mint leaves that are added to the cheese before packing.
- Traditional halloumi also often has a crescent shape and the fold may contain an entire mint leaf.
- It is traditionally consumed uncooked in Cyprus, (yes, raw!). A Cypriot national favourite flavour combination is to pair it with water melon, specifically during the warmer summer months for a light dish, where the saltiness of the Halloumi contrasts well with the sweetness of the watermelon.
- The newest member of the YAMAS! family – YAMAS! Organic Halloumi is made from Organic Cow, Sheep & Goat’s milk. A significant amount of Organic farming to ensure the Organic credentials of this delicious new product.
It’s no wonder we all love Halloumi so much!
YAMAS! Organic Halloumi is now available in selected Tesco stores.