Murcian cheese (Queso de Murcia) is a Spanish goat’s-milk cheese.
It may be made from either raw or pasteurized milk from Murciano-Granadina goats.
There are two versions — fresco (“fresh”) and curado (“aged.”)
Queso de Murcia fresco (fresh) is white, with almost no rind. The edges of the cheese are textured with markings that simulate the weave imprint of the baskets the cheeses used to be formed in.
The Queso de Murcia curado (aged) version is a pressed-curd cheese made in wheel shapes, weighing 1 to 2 kg (2 ½ to 4 ½ pounds). It has an ochre-coloured skin that is waxed. The cheese inside is ivory-coloured, with a tangy taste. It is aged anywhere from 60 days to 6 months.
Received European PDO status in 2002.