DISCOVER THIS Irresistibly CREAMY DELICIOUS GEM OF A CHEESE AND WHY YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR THE PGI MARK OF DANISH AUTHENTICITY AND QUALITY
In October 2019 the EU granted exclusive Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) rights to Denmark after four years of lobbying by the Danish industry. It may now only be produced from Danish milk and at approved dairies, for it to be sold in the EU and countries with which it has signed a trade agreement recognising EU PGI rules on cheese.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
Hanne Nielsen, one of Denmark’s outstanding cheese pioneers, was extremely interested in cheese production and product development. While traveling extensively to study the production of cheese, she became inspired by Tilsiter, a cheese developed in the 1870s by Mrs. Westphal of Tilsit, a town in Eastern Prussia. Upon returning home, Hanne began making many different types of cheese, including Tilsiter. After the Stresa Convention was signed by Denmark in September 1953, the cheese acquired the name Havarti, which we are all familiar with today. The Stresa Convention, officially the International Convention for the Use of Appellations of Origin and Denominations of Cheeses, was created to give international recognition for cheese names and styles to protect their originality. So why Havarti? The cheese was actually named after Hanne Nielsen’s farm, Havartigard.
EXPERIENCE A CREAMY TASTE SENSATION:
Native to Denmark, Havarti is an original take on sliceable cheeses with a creamy body. Being a semi-hard cheese, it has a springy texture with subtle sweet and acidic notes. Lusciously smooth, Havarti is balanced and mild enough to suit all palates, with the piquant flavors harmonizing perfectly with salads and sandwiches. It’s also delicious on its own.
Havarti was quick to rise in popularity, and is now a staple in Danish cuisine. Made from the milk of Danish cows, this cheese ages with grace and develops stronger tones of hazelnut over time.
The word Havarti comes from an old Danish word from the Viking Age, avarti. It means a flowering, lush riverbank. Perhaps it is no coincidence that the character of the cheese can be described as creamy, lush and aromatic. With its mild and tangy taste, Havarti has long been one of the most popular types of cheese on the market.