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Queijo Minas – Cheese Culture in the State of Minas Gerais

July 14, 2023
Queijo Minas belongs on a Brazilian breakfast table

Today, we would like to tell you about a very special treasure that is native to Brazil: Queijo Minas, "mine cheese". This cheese not only has a unique taste, but is also closely linked to the history and culture of the state of Minas Gerais which literally means "General Mines".

What makes this cheese so special

Queijo Minas is a traditional Brazilian cheese made from raw milk. It is a firm, slightly crumbly cheese with a mild yet distinctive flavor. Its texture and aroma distinguish it from other cheeses you may have tried. However, what makes Queijo Minas really special is its origin and importance to the region. While you may already be familiar with numerous cheeses from the US, this one is definitely worth a new experience during your Brazilian vacation.

The importance for the Minas Gerais region

Minas Gerais is one of the most important and richest regions in Brazil. Known for its nature, architecture, and culture, it is also home to Queijo Minas, as well as worth a Brazil trip. The history of the cheese dates back to the time of Portuguese colonial rule. Portuguese immigrants brought their cheese culture to Brazil and began producing cheese in the traditional way. Queijo Minas thus became an important part of Brazilian cuisine and culture.

Today, Queijo Minas is an important regional economic factor. Many farms and small businesses have specialized in the production of Queijo Minas and are able to earn their living this way. The cheese is sold not only in Brazil but also internationally and is one of the most famous Brazilian cheeses.

If Minas Gerais is part of your Brazil trip, be sure to try Queijo Minas! Visit a cheese factory and be amazed by how it is made. Or try the cheese at one of the many local markets or restaurants. The Queijo Minas will surely delight you and bring you closer to a piece of Brazil.

Source: Aventura do Brasil