Feta vs Halloumi – The Showdown!

Feta and Halloumi are undoubtedly two of the most popular white cheeses in the United Kingdom and worldwide. Both have a “reputation” and unique taste, that has allowed them to cross borders and be highly in demand in all continents of the world, making Greeks and Cypriot alike proud of their product and heritage.

Yes indeed, heritage as both kinds of cheeses, have a rich history that stretches back to the 8th century BCE, with the production of cheese from goat’s or sheep’s milk being a common practice for households. Halloumi and Feta, are commonly made from a mixture of sheep’s and goat’s milk, but there are variations in production as in many milk-based products. Feta can be made either with only sheep’s milk or only goat’s milk and sometimes halloumi includes cow’s milk in the mixture.

So let’s have a look at what each of these cheeses is, shall we?

FETA – The King of Greek Cheeses

Feta is a white, salty, crumbly cheese from Greece that is traditionally made from sheep milk and is typically bought in blocks. It is a well-sought item and is classified as a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) by the Greek Government, in the European Union, as not any cheese can be called “feta” unless if it is produced in Greece and made with Sheep or Goat milk.

It is also of high nutritional value and a good source of vegetarian protein, calcium, and phosphorus as well as B12 and niacin, all highly beneficial for one’s health and overall well-being. When purchasing your next feta, make sure to search for the stamp indicating it’s PDO approved and country of origin.

HALLOUMI – Cyprus proudest food export

Halloumi is a Cypriot cheese traditionally produced through the use of sheep’s and goat’s milk, or a mixture of both, with the use of cow’s milk being less common. It is a semihard, unripened, and brined cheese with a slightly spongy texture and tangy/salty taste. Halloumi is moderately high in fat and a good source of protein. It is also very rich in calcium and is a known source of zinc, magnesium, vitamin A, and B vitamins. Since the cheese has a high melting point, it can be easily fried or grilled. Its unusualness lies in the preparation of the cheese where no acid or acid-producing bacterium is required

Here at the Greek Deli, we are honoured to be able to provide our customers with some of the best Greek Feta and Cypriot Halloumi, directly from our website! The Mediterranean as a region has a longstanding tradition in making delicious cheeses with over 100 of them recognized and loved by Greeks and not only worldwide!

We are very proud of our Greek Deli feta. Our customers say it is the best available in the UK! We are the sole importers of this unique cheese made by artisan producer Christakis Dairy in Edessa, North Greece. A multi-award winner, The Greek Deli Feta Cheese (PDO) is smooth, crumbly, and moist without being too salty. Click here to place your order, also available in different sizes!

What is more, if you are a fan of Halloumi, you have to try our Vryssaki Halloumi is made using the freshest blend of sheep’s and goat’s milk. Grill it or fry it and indulge yourself with one of the yummiest halloumis you have ever tried. Click here to place your order.

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