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Halloumi Cheese: From Ancient Origins to Modern Delights

Halloumi, the beloved cheese known for its ability to hold its shape on the grill and its signature squeak, boasts a rich history dating back to the island nation of Cyprus. Legend suggests its creation arose from the need to preserve milk during hot summers. Shepherds discovered that bringing sheep’s or goat’s milk and heating it with rennet resulted in a cheese resistant to spoilage under the harsh Mediterranean sun. This unique brining process is the key to Halloumi’s ability to retain its shape when cooked.

Halloumi’s versatility is a major reason for its global appeal. Traditionally enjoyed grilled or pan-fried, it holds its form and develops a delightful golden brown crust. This makes it perfect for salads, kebabs or simply savoured on its own. But Halloumi’s uses extend far beyond the grill, being crumbled into pasta, grated over salads, or even enjoyed cold as part of a mezze platter.

From its Cypriot origins, Halloumi’s popularity has spread far and wide. Today, variations of Halloumi can be found across the Middle East, Europe, and even in countries like Australia and the United States. So next time you encounter Halloumi, take a moment to appreciate its rich history and unique characteristics. It’s a cheese that bridges cultures and traditions, offering a delicious addition to countless dishes.sharemore_vert

Join us at Ebby’s Kitchen today and savor the delectable taste of halloumi!

Experience our renowned grilled halloumi today, served in a rice or salad box or wrapped up for your enjoyment. And don’t miss out on our crispy halloumi fries – a must-try if you haven’t experienced them before!