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Made in the Baltics: Lithuanian handmade semi-hard cheese “Liliputas” conquers the world

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Lithuanian handmade semi-hard cheese “Liliputas”
Lithuanian handmade semi-hard cheese “Liliputas”

Cheese „Liliputas“ has been recognized as an outstanding product by European Commission. It has a protected geographical indication (PGI) label.

Lithuanian handmade semi-hard cheese “Liliputas”Cheese „Liliputas“ is a semi-hard cheese made in Belvederis dairy, the oldest in Lithuania, founded in 1928. It has kept non-mechanised production and old traditions.

It is a hand-made cheese, ripened naturally, with its quality equal with best semi-hard French and Italian cheeses.

Moreover Liliputas has recently managed to get a Halal certificate from Iran. This certificate claims that the cheese can be eaten by Muslims and opens the door to Muslim world. Belvederio Cheese Dairy is now looking forward to a request of how many cheese Iran would like to buy.

However, the quest to the world market will be limited, because Lithuania’s Liliputas is a handmade cheese and ripened naturally. Therefore a mass production is not available. Belvederio Dairy only manages to make 1000 Liliputas units per day. It is only 500 kilograms of production.

Moreover, it’s production is based on molds that grows only in Belvederio manor. Owners say they tried to transport these unique molds to other factories by transporting the whole part of concrete wall with its molds. However, the molds later died out and they continue to thrive only in Belvederio manor.

Liliputas has been produced in the Belvederio village from pasteurized cow’s milk since 1958. The cheese is offering a very mild and milky flavor. Liliputas traditionally covered with smooth wax layer to preserve freshness.

Lithuanian cheese LILIPUTAS has especially mild taste, smooth texture, in a wax rind, helping to maintain its freshness. It is a great snack as well as suitable for seasoning various dishes.

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Andrzej Vilenski
Andrzej Vilenski, the Baltic Review correspondent is a PhD student at the University of Vilnius, studying policy.

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