Esquirrou or Ossau-iraty is a cheese made from pure ewe's milk, a whole milk, where the cheese is pressed and has a hard texture. It is produced in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques and in towns of the Hautes-Pyrénées.
This cheese is native to the Basque Country and Béarn, the name Ossau-Iraty originates from the Pic du Midi d'Ossau and the Iraty forest.
This typical cheese offers a wide range of aromas. Flavors are herbaceous, nutty and fruity if the produce is from winter while the summer cheeses tend to reveal aromas of grass and flowers.
Texture: slightly elastic
Taste: buttery, fruity, herbaceous, nutty
The cheese of Equirrou finds its origin in the pastoral and cheese traditions of the Basque Country and Béarn.
In the Middle Ages, cheese tomes are used as money to pay for leases or sales contracts and represent the first source of income for shepherds.
Over the centuries, the product evolves little, the structures of the same. Each shepherd family makes its own cheese and sells it.