Traditional Cheeses of Mediterranean Region in Turkey
Pp. 307-336 (30)
Oya Berkay Karaca, Tansu Taspinar and Mehmet Güven
Cheese is an ancient food whose origins predate recorded history.
Traditional cheeses are characterized by strong links to their territory of origin and the
culture of the community and considered essential food in the Turkish diet, especially
in breakfast for centuries. The mediterranean region of Turkey is quite rich with
concerning for traditional cheeses. The objectives of the present review were to
introduce traditional cheeses produced in the Mediterranean region of Turkey, to
characterize the processing stages of Surk cheese (a kind of moulded herb cheese),
Tulum cheese (cheese encased in a skin), Sünme cheese (a semi-hard cheese variety,
has a fibered structure and consumed for breakfast), Carra cheese (which means
“earthenware jug”, containing mostly black cumin and/or garden thyme), Künefe
cheese (fresh unsalted dessert cheese and has melting properties), Hatay Ezme cheese
(Leaf or press cheese), Hatay Dil cheese (a string cheese variety with fibrous texture),
Isparta Küp cheese, Isparta Dolaz cheese, Burdur Akçakatık cheese (is produced by
drying strained yoghurt with or without adding cloves or black cumin), Burdur Keş
cheese (is produced by drying of kneaded Cokelek with several aromatic plants and
therefore has a special odor and aroma), Adana Lavaş cheese, Karataş Basma cheese
with black cumin and Dilim cheese, Hellim cheese and to describe their compositional,
chemical, physical, microbiological and sensory characteristics.
Manufacturing technology, Mediterranean region, Traditional
Agricultural Faculty, Department of Food Engineering, Cukurova University, 01330 Adana, Turkey.