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.
|Other names||Perilla, Queixo da Illana|
|Country of origin||Spain|
|Source of milk||Cows' milk|
|Dimensions||90 to 150 mm|
|Weight||0.5 to 1.5 kg (1.1 to 3.3 lb)|
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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, it is now produced throughout Galicia. It is made with milk from three breeds of cattle: imported Friesian and Parda Alpina (Braunvieh), and the local Rubia Gallega of Galicia.
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.
- Denominación de Origen Protegida "Queso Tetilla" (in Spanish). Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente. Accessed January 2016.
- Queixo de Tetilla - Official site of the "Queixo Tetilla - Consello regulador Denominación de Orixe protexida Queixo Tetilla" (in Galician, Spanish, French and English)