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“Say cheese” and El Hierro’s cheeses give you plenty to smile about.


Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
Relish the thrill and views of El Faro La Entallada, in Fuerteventura
Menceyes and our Lady of Candelaria, in Tenerife
The Wine Run Lanzarote: food, wine and scenery
Experience the beauty of the pink caves of Puertito de Los Molinos
A Saturday in the beautiful village of Haría, Lanzarote
A must do in Fuerteventura – Picnic in the dunes of Corralejo
Playa San Juan in Tenerife, a charming place
A walk along the El Golfo ridge, El Hierro
The five best places to eat in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura
A cup of coffee at Casa José Saramago, Lanzarote
Why Forestal Park is One of the Best Experiences in Tenerife
San Sebastián, the high part of Santa Cruz de La Palma
Sunset On The Rocks At Puerto de Mogán in Gran Canaria
A walk from San Andrés to Hoya del Morcillo, El Hierro
Enjoyment for the active traveller – Climb the Volcanic Mount Roja
Teguise: immerse yourself in Lanzarote’s history
How to Enjoy a Stunning Walk in Tenerife from Playa San Juan to Los Gigantes
Tazacorte, in La Palma: more than just a sun trap
Art, Architecture and Frogs in Gran Canaria's Garden City
Carnival time on El Hierro
One of the best family days out in Fuerteventura
Journey to another planet at Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
From the sea to the sky, a circular drive in South Tenerife
A journey through La Palma’s plant world
Los Carneros de Tigaday, El Hierro
Relaxing Weekend staying in the picture perfect beaches of El Cotillo – Fuerteventura
Lanzarote’s southwest coastline: where ocean meets lava
How to Enjoy North Tenerife and Wine Tasting in One Amazing Trip
A trip around La Palma’s south coast
The Quiet South Gran Canaria Beach With Two Names
What to explore, How to get there and where to stay in San Sebastian the capital of La Gomera.
Relax by the sea in El Tamaduste
The best olive oil in Fuerteventura – Verde Aurora Bio Farm
Hiking in La Geria: a bird’s eye view of the volcanoes
How to Enjoy a Unique Excursion Around Stunning Santa Cruz
El Tablado, La Palma’s remotest settlement
Swimming And Snorkelling At El Puertillo in North Gran Canaria
Enjoy a morning at the local produce Market in San Sebastián de La Gomera
A tour around El Hierro’s “Mirador’s”
Betancuria, the ancient capital in the mountains of Fuerteventura
How to Enjoy an Easy Adventure from Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero
A walk across Llano de Las Cuevas in La Palma
How to Enjoy a Superb Luxury Sailing Trip in Tenerife
From Jungle To Desert at Maspalomas In South Gran Canaria
The sweetness of La Gomera and the Canary Islands – Palm Syrup
Cycling on El Hierro is a great way to see the Island
Isla de Lobos, a natural Paradise
Volcanoes, wine and British history in Lanzarote
The mini-Volcano Route, La Palma
How To Try And Do Tenerife From Top To Bottom In Three Days
Playa Santiago – A glorious mesh of sleepy fishing village and luxury hotel complex
A Day at the Canaribbean In Gran Canaria
Hermigua, the beautiful tropical valley of La Gomera with a Gofio Museum
How to Enjoy Authentic Lanzarote at the Lovely El Charco de San Ginés
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The Charm of Vallehermoso – The Beautiful Valley in La Gomera
How to Discover La Gomera With an Amazing Jeep Safari Adventure
Calle Cano: A Las Palmas Street Where Old And New Blend Together
Three places off the usual tourist track in Tenerife
La Gomera one of the most gorgeous island for hikers, ramblers and casual afternoon walkers
Poema del mar, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
An ascent of Bejenado
Four best places to visit in Fuerteventura
Up The Monte: Exploring Gran Canaria's Wine Country
5 Excellent Experiences to Try When You Visit Tenerife
Exploring the Barranco de las Angustias
4 best places to visit in La Gomera, by a Canary Island resident
A lovely walk from Mirador de Jinama to The bell tower Joapira
Walk the beautiful arid landscapes of Fuerteventura – Betancuria
In Gran Canaria And Sick of Sand? Head To The Parque Sur For A Siesta
Keep cool with a craft beer tour in Lanzarote
A walk from Arenas Blancas to Verodal (Local walk reference SL-EH2)
Tijarafe: touring La Palma's sunny northwest
Eco-friendly relaxation in the north of Lanzarote
Life’s A Beach At San Sebastian de La Gomera
5 Brilliant Things You Should See and Do in Santa Cruz
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The grand array of Markets of Fuerteventura: which Market to visit?
A day-trip to Puntallana Hiking, history, and La Palma's most famous beach
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26 Aug 2019

For a small Island El Hierro certainly does not get left behind in producing medal winning cheeses.

There are cheeses for all tastes, but unlike most of the British cheeses, the cheeses here are made of either goat’s milk, sheep and goat’s milk or cows, goat and sheep’s milk.

Traditionally the animals have been kept in mixed herds, hence the cheeses of mixed milk.

 Cow and calf enjoying the rich new grass in Nisdafe, El Hierro, Canary Islands

In 1981 the local shepherds formed a cooperative to import feed for their animals and from this grew other ideas.  In 1983 came the idea of opening a factory where the shepherds could all take their milk and in 1985 saw the opening of the “Herreño” cheese factory on an industrial estatein Isora. Visitors are welcome to visit the onsite shop during most mornings.  I managed a quick visit behind closed doors, and its huge inside.  The smell of smoked cheese hits you as soon as you get out of your vehicle.

Inside the Cooperative Herreño cheese factory.  Showing the moulds ready for the cheeses, El Hierro, Canary Islands

The mixed cheeses that they make are made from 85% of goat’s milk, 10% cow’s milk and just 5% of milk from the sheep.
Once the milk as reached the correct temperature a few ingredients are added for coagulation. 
The cheeses are then allowed to mature for between 8 and 20 days depending on the recipe.
The majority once vacuum packed have a shelf life of 12 months, though obviously some will last much longer.
Selection of cheeses from the cooperative Herreño, El Hierro, Canary Islands

In total they produce 11 different products.
A cured Herreño cheese, a cured Herreño cheese which has been waxed, and also one with paprika added to the wax for extra flavour.
They then do a semi cured Herreño cheese, a semi cured Herreño cheese in wax and the same with paprika added.
Next you have a soft white cheese and the most popular of all the smoked white cheese.  This is very often used for the traditional dish on the island of Grilled cheese with red and green mojo sauces, or sometimes with honey.  Either way they are delicious.

Cheese that has been grilled on a hot plate with mojo sauces. Surrounded by triangles of smoked cheese, El Hierro, Canary Islands

Lastly you have a fresh cheese, which I always find squeaks when you eat it.  And two types of grated cheese, one coarsely grated for sprinkling over potatoes or lasagnes and a very fine grated cheese.  These options save your fingers on the grater.

Since 2007 they have been winning awards for their cheeses and in 2019 they have won a gold medal in the “Agrocanarias” event for their most popular smoked pasteurized milk cheese.
They also won gold in the “World Cheese Awards” for their cured Herreño Cheese. Quite an achievement to help putting El Hierro on the world stage.

The cheeses vary in sizes from a 1 Kg block, a medium of 3 Kg, and then the large at 4.6Kg, though you can buy it in wedges.

El Barranco cheese.  Which is 100% ecological, El Hierro, Canary Islands

The El Barranco cheese factory gets its name from the steep valley it is located in which are known locally as “barrancos”.  This was the first factory to be allowed to display the label on its cheese to show that it is an ecological product made in the Canary Islands.  They only produce cheese made from fresh unpasteurized goat’s milk.  The herds having been grazed on the hillside near the factory all year round.

Amongst the products they produce are a soft cheese, a semi cured cheese, a cured cheese and a cured cheese with a hot spicy paprika wax coating.

They also produce jars of “Almogrote” which is a soft spread, traditionally made from cured cheese, with olive oil, peppers and garlic.  This produce is a traditional dish on the nearby Island of La Gomera.

In 2014 they won a silver medal in the AgroCanarias event for the best ecological cheese.

Again all the cheeses are full and flavoursome and great as a mixed cheese starter with fresh crusty bread.

Campos Viejas smoked cheese, El Hierro, Canary Islands

Another of the local cheeses, Campos viejas is made in El Pinar and is also called “Granja Quintero” which is made on the farm of one of the many Quintero families on the island.
There cheeses are again only made from goat’s milk.

They are easily identifiable as they all feature, without being rude, old shepherds on their labels.

It’s a family run business which has gradually grown over the years and now features a number of different cheeses.

You have fresh goats cheese, and also a smoked version.  I’m told they smoke their cheeses using only timber from the fig trees on the island, which gives it a distinct flavour from the other smoked cheeses.  Some of the cheeses only have a short shelf life of about 1 month.

A recent addition to their selection is the “Granja Quintero” is the quark cream cheese. 
This is made from milk that has been altered by the addition of lactic acid. This ‘acidification’ as it is known, causes the whey in the milk to split from the curd, and then the solids can be gathered up and turned into Quark.  I’m told it is very low in fat and delicious. Spread it on crusty bread.  Or use it to enhance many other dishes. 
I love it on toasted bread sprinkled with a few herbs as a tasty snack.

Flock of sheep grazing on the open pastures above San Andrés, El Hierro, Canary Islands

I then came across a new variety of locally made cheese that I hadn’t seen for sale before“Delicias de El Hierro”. It is made in Las Casas near El Pinar.

This cheese is made with a mixture of sheep and goats milk and the only one they seem to make is a semi cured version.  It also seems to have a much shorter shelf.
The logo on the packet shows a butterfly, but in the shape of the Island.
A different taste again.

“Delicias de El Hierro” semi cured cheese, El Hierro, Canary Islands

Whatever your taste is for fresh cheese El Hierro will not disappoint you.

 

 

 

 

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Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
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Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
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La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
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Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
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Driving the Las Mimbreras road
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Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
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Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
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A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
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Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
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A Saturday in the beautiful village of Haría, Lanzarote
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Relax by the sea in El Tamaduste
The best olive oil in Fuerteventura – Verde Aurora Bio Farm
Hiking in La Geria: a bird’s eye view of the volcanoes
How to Enjoy a Unique Excursion Around Stunning Santa Cruz
El Tablado, La Palma’s remotest settlement
Swimming And Snorkelling At El Puertillo in North Gran Canaria
Enjoy a morning at the local produce Market in San Sebastián de La Gomera
A tour around El Hierro’s “Mirador’s”
Betancuria, the ancient capital in the mountains of Fuerteventura
How to Enjoy an Easy Adventure from Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero
A walk across Llano de Las Cuevas in La Palma
How to Enjoy a Superb Luxury Sailing Trip in Tenerife
From Jungle To Desert at Maspalomas In South Gran Canaria
The sweetness of La Gomera and the Canary Islands – Palm Syrup
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The grand array of Markets of Fuerteventura: which Market to visit?
A day-trip to Puntallana Hiking, history, and La Palma's most famous beach
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www.hellocanaryislands.com