Cheese of the month April 2013: goat cheese from Griciunai, Lithuania

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Spring is extremely late this year. At least up in the north of Germany where we are, some of the traditional easter fires have been cancelled because of the cold. Not much fresh green for cows, goats or sheep! The virtual weather forecast confirms my suspicions that further east the thermometer doesn’t even make it above freezing point: the cheese of the month comes from Lithuania. I met its maker Dalia Emuzyte in January at the Grüne Woche agricultural fair in Berlin.

Ziegenkäse aus GriciunaiHer organic farm in Griciunai (Sirvinto dis.), a small village not far from Vilnius, has been home to more than 400 white goats since about 15 years. Here is a video about her (unfortunately in Lithuanian). She proceeds everything from meat, hides to milk and cheese and also sells offspring for breeding purposes. In January she mostly had mature cheese to taste, slightly crumbly and with a nice acidity. I was about to describe it as a bit rustic, but the thought of certain English and Italian cheeses exposed that as a prejudice… on the contrary, this is a cheese which has been made with little help from the cheese industry and therefore is deeply rooted in its origins. Hopefully it will bring some of us to Lithuania to explore those, me included.

Here is Dalia Emuzyte’s address: Griciunai vlg., Jauniunai wd., Sirvintos dis., Lithuania

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