A traditional farmhouse cheese from the Pyrenees region of France that is made from cow or goat's milk. The rind has an aged, leathery or biscuit-looking appearance. Beneath the rind there is a creamy ivory colored, open-textured flesh with narrow oval-shaped holes throughout. It is a mellow cheese providing a somewhat fruity or spicy flavor with a slightly pungent aroma. With age, the cheese becomes stronger tasting and more dense in texture. It is a cheese that goes well with meat, hearty breads and is also good for grilling and melting.
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