Friday, January 16, 2009


Ten years ago most people probably thought haloumi was the name of a Greek soccer player. Not any more - thanks to our enthusiasm for multicultural cuisines and new flavour experiences, we've learnt that haloumi is a type of cheese.

What is it?
Traditionally made with sheep's milk, this white cheese is now commonly made with cow's milk.

Where does it come from?
Made for centuries on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, haloumi is now made all over the world.

Is it good for me?
A rich source of calcium, haloumi also contains potassium and zinc, and is a great low-fat option.

Buying and storing
Sold in packets in the cheese cabinet at supermarkets. Store haloumi in brine in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

How to eat it
Because it maintains its shape when cooked, haloumi can be baked, fried or grilled until the outside becomes crisp and golden and the inside melts slightly.

Conversation starter
Cypriots swear by eating fresh haloumi with wedges of watermelon for a delicious snack.

Australian Good Taste

Kelly Hender


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