Said to be one of the first cheeses ever made, Ossau-Iraty is a beloved gem with a rich history. Once upon a time, or so the story goes, the Greek God Apollo had a son named Aristee, a shepherd, who turned the milk from his herd of sheep into this delicious cheese. Although an actual Greek God may not have invented Ossau-Iraty, the wheels are made according to a tradition that dates back some 3,000 years. This means Ossau-Iraty predates the English alphabet.
HERE’S WHAT MOST OF US KNOW ABOUT MANCHEGO: it’s a sheep’s milk cheese from Spain, increasingly found at supermarkets and deli counters in addition to its ubiquitous appearance on tapas menus. In fact, Manchego seems to be almost everywhere – a surprising observation given its Bronze Age provenance. Few foods survive the test of that much time.