Cardo is a semi soft, unpasteurized goat’s milk cheese made by one of the most influential cheesemakers in the country, Mary Holbrook, in Somerset. The cheese is aged for several weeks during which it is washed down with a brine solution, resulting in a sticky, orange coating which give the rind its pungency and savouriness.
It’s called Cardo because of the rennet she uses which comes from the Cardoon. Every year Mary goes to Portugal where she buys this vegetarian rennet from the locals.
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Cardo is available from early summer to autumn, has delicate floral and savoury flavours and its texture is moist with a pink sticky rind. It is perfect with summer barbecues and red wines!