Pronunciation: [BRIHND-zah]

A derivative of the Romanian word for cheese (brânza˘), Bryndza is a popular cheese that originated in Slovakia and is now produced throughout Eastern Europe. Though traditionally made from raw sheep's milk, it may also be produced from cow's and goat's milk and sometimes a mixture of milks. Bryndza is soft, stark white and comes in various sizes, from small tubs to molded blocks. It may be ripened for 2 to 4 weeks, and the flavor is generally fresh, rich, salty and tangy. The texture ranges from soft and spreadable to firm and crumbly, depending on the age. Some Bryndza is cut into chunks and preserved in brine, which produces a flavor and texture similar to that of feta. See also cheese.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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