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Nata de Cantabria

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Nata de Cantabria is a creamy, pressed cheese from the coastal region of Cantabria in northern Spain. It's name was officially changed by the Spanish government in 2007 to Queso Nata de Cantabria. Before then it was called Queso de Cantabria.

Queso Nata de Cantabria is made from the pasteurized whole milk of the Frisona breed of cattle. The cheese contains 45% milkfat. It is aged at least 7 days, but usually between 2 weeks and 2 months. It is rectangular or cylindrical in shape, and can weigh between 400gm and 2,800gm (about 1 to 5 pounds). The cheese is soft, and melts well. It is pale yellow in color.

Nata de Cantabria has been around since at least 1600's, and perhaps as early as 10th century or earlier. It recieved D.O. status under the name Queso de Cantabria in 1985, protecting it's name in Spain. Later, in 1996 it received PDO status, protecting it's name in all of Europe.

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