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Tetilla is a regional cow's cheese made in Galicia, in north-western Spain. It is a common element in Galician cuisine, often used as a dessert. It has had Denominación de Origen certification since 1993 and European DOP certification since 1996.[1]

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Other namesPerilla, Queixo da Illana
Country of originSpain
Source of milkCows' milk
TextureSoft, creamy
Fat content>50%
Dimensions90 to 150 mm
Weight0.5 to 1.5 kg (1.1 to 3.3 lb)
CertificationDO 1993
DOP 1996
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Originally produced in small towns along the border between the provinces of A Coruña and Pontevedra such as Arzúa, Melide, Curtis or Sobrado dos Monxes,[citation needed] it is now produced throughout Galicia.[1] It is made with milk from three breeds of cattle: imported Friesian and Parda Alpina (Braunvieh), and the local Rubia Gallega of Galicia.[1]

The name tetilla (Spanish for small breast; the word is also the official name in Galician) describes the shape of the cheese, a sort of cone topped by a nipple, or a half pear – hence its other name, perilla. It weighs from 0.5 to 1.5 kg, with a diameter and height ranging from 90 to 150 mm.


  1. ^ a b c Denominación de Origen Protegida "Queso Tetilla" (in Spanish). Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente. Accessed January 2016.

External linksEdit

  • Queixo de Tetilla - Official site of the "Queixo Tetilla - Consello regulador Denominación de Orixe protexida Queixo Tetilla" (in Galician, Spanish, French and English)