It has a strong flavor and is slightly salty from its aging process, which requires that it be fermented in olive oil. According to the Deipnosophists, Athenaeus of Naucratus’ account an ancient banquet written in the 3rd century A.D., the best such pastry was reputedly from the island of Samos. Degnan holds a bachelor's degree in cinema studies and a master's degree in cultural anthropology from San Francisco State University. Visual evidence of Egyptian cheesemaking was found in Egyptian tomb murals in approximately 2000 BC. The first earliest recorded Greek cheesecake recipe was made by the writer Athenaeus in 230 A.D. Manouri has a subtle flavor and texture due to its high cream content. Ladotyri is a small, spherical cheese made from ewe's milk. Feta is used in many Greek dishes, such as spanakopita and horiatiki, and is also eaten plain with a drizzle of olive oil and oregano on top. In 2018, archeologists from Cairo University and the University of Catania reported the discovery of the oldest known cheese from Egypt. But the ancient Greeks had their version of cheesecake thousand years before New York even existed as a city. Hellenic Electronic Center: The Greek Cheese Page. One could, for example, divide the litany of Greek cheeses in geographic terms, itemizing the cheeses of the mainland, where itinerant husbandry is still a profession, and then listing those of the islands. The ancient Greeks made all sorts of sweet cheese pastries, and, remarkably, many similar pastries survive to this day and flourish, especially in the Aegean islands. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Cheese has been an integral part of the Greek diet since ancient times, having been mentioned in the ancient epic works of Homer. to provide them with energy. New York-style cheesecake with strawberry. Fired clay cheese strainers dating from the Neolithic and early Bronze Age have been found at sites on Crete. Photo Credit. Cheesecake is one of the most famous and most delicious desserts. The fresh type of mizithra is similar to cottage cheese or ricotta and is commonly used in sweet desserts, whereas the dried variety is salted and aged until hard and is used as a grating or cooking cheese. Baked cheesecake with raspberries and blueberries. Archeological excavations have helped to reveal the importance of cheese for the ancient inhabitants of Greece. Cheese was given as an offering to the gods. When the first cookbook was printed in 1545, the cheesecake was described as a flour-based sweet food. At the Minoan Palace of Knossos, stone tablets depict men making cheese from both goat’s and sheep’s milk. The recipe itself was pretty simple: pound the cheese until it is smooth mix it in a brass pan with honey and spring wheat flour, heat the cheesecake “in one mass”, allow to cool, then serve. Literally hundreds of varieties of cheese exist throughout Greece with each area having its own regional type. There are other, unique subcategories, too, such as the cheeses that are sun-dried; aged in lees; and those that are preserved in olive oil. This site uses cookies. Cheesecake was also used in ancient Greece as a wedding cake. Cheese is such a rich part of Greece’s history; the ancient Greeks even designated a god to this wonderful food. From the myths we learn that Aristaios, the son of Apollo, taught the art of cheese-making to humans. 'Regular" cheesecake has 900-1,000 cal/slice and roughly 32 gms fat. They called their cheesecake “libuma” and served it on special occasions. Feta is by far the most popular and well-known variety of Greek cheese. The single most distinguishing characteristic of Greek cheese is that most of it is made with sheep’s milk, goat’s milk, or a combination of the two. He spent three years writing tech reviews for CNET, and he has written articles for several nonprofit organizations dealing with indigenous rights. This is the oldest known surviving Greek recipe. 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Many people think that cheesecake originated in northern Europe, and that it travelled to America with the European migration and settled in New York, hence the famous baked New York cheesecake. This tradition of making wedding cakes continues even today. In Athens and other parts of Greece, the word "manouri" refers to any creamy-type cheese. Cow’s milk cheeses exist but only a handful of Greek islands. Locals began to experiment, with every region using its native ingredients to put their own unique spin on cheesecake. Photo Credit. In the late 19th century in New York, cream cheese was invented, which quickly became the most popular type of cheese used for cheesecakes. I am almost certain that Greece consumes more cheese than any other nation. Some foods, like pasteli (Greek sesame honey candy), have undoubtedly been around a long time. Cheese is an integral part of Greek cuisine. 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