Made with pasteurised milk from Friesian cows, Nata de Cantabria DOP cheese is characterised by its natural, slightly yellow, smooth rind, soft and creamy paste. It is one of the most representative products of Cantabria, made it with great care, using a recipe that is over 100 years old. It is one of the few cheeses with Appellation of Origin (DOP) status in Spain and was the first in Cantabria.
Its rind is thin, soft and waxy. Its paste is compact, closed, sometimes with small, evenly distributed eyes. Its flavour is slightly acidic, residual taste of sweet cream. Mild buttery flavour. Its odour is of low intensity, lactic acid, slightly buttery. Its colour is yellowish off-white rind and ivory-white to yellowish-white paste. Its texture is buttery, soft, tender, somewhat pasty, somewhat sticky on the palate, fatty, creamy, melting, soluble.
It is the family cheese par excellence, used as a dessert, on cheese boards or as an ingredient in numerous recipes.