cheese

CheeseOn Margarita Island, as in the rest of the country, you will have the chance to try delicious fresh cheese (queso blanco) that is creamy, soft, and mild. It is a non aged white cheese that is made by pressing the whey from cottage cheese.

You can find the freshest quesos blancos on the island at Central Madeirense Supermarket on Avenida Bolivar. The street vendor is there every day from 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A few of the best quesos blancos are:

Queso de Mano: (picture) it is a small round cheese (similar to mozzarella). It is quite firm with a little saltiness and sourness. It must be eaten almost immediately after buying it because the flavour will change if it is refrigerated.

Queso de Telita: it is very similar to queso de mano but this one is softer and a little more sour. It is delicious with arepas, cachapas, or sweet corn buns.

Queso Palmita: it is a low-salt white cheese. It is brick shaped, and quite firm. You must keep it refrigerated so that it will last for several days.

Queso Palmizulia: it is just like queso palmita but harder and saltier. You must keep it refrigerated so that it will last for several days.

Queso Blanco Duro: it is salty and hard. It can last for a long time and is grated to complement other dishes.

Queso Paisa: it is a mass produced white cheese, low in fat and salt, which can be found sliced at any supermarket.

Queso Guayanés: Guayanes cheese is quite sour. It can be refrigerated for several days.