Pedro Couceiro: The importance of Queijo Serra da Estrela
Pedro Couceiro regards Queijo Serra da Estrela/PDO as a unique landmark in the Portuguese gastronomy and it is only fair to consider it as one of the 7 Wonders of the Portuguese Gastronomy.
Pedro Couceiro da Costa, a veterinarian and a member of Confraria (brotherhood) do Queijo Serra da Estrela, has given his testimony for Vale da Estrela regarding Queijo Serra da Estrela:
“Lecturing about the importance of Queijo Serra da Estrela is a task that requires going back to the Pre-historic ages and returning back to the present days, where we will find the answer to the fact that this Cheese has been a part of such long period of time.
It is a Cheese, whose features make of it, and always have, a highly biologic and natural product. Its manufacturing requires milk of Serra da Estrela’s Sheep and/ or Churra Mondegueira, cardoon and salt, which makes this cheese semi-soft, medium-buttery, with few holes or none, in such a way it can be cut into slices. All these features meet the palate of the most demanding Consumer, throughout centuries, whether it is a Portuguese, a European, an American or an Asian.
These are the very features of our Queijo Serra da Estrela /PDO that have made it a unique landmark of the Portuguese Gastronomy and specifically the highest expression of Serra da Estrela’s Gastronomy. For some reason, the Portuguese have elected it as one of the 7 Wonders of the Portuguese Gastronomy.
Discussing Serrana (the Serra da Estrela mountain range) Gastronomy is talking about Queijo Serra da Estrela, it is talking about Portuguese Cheeses, it is talking about Queijo Serra da Estrela, it is taking about worldwide selected cheeses, it is talking about Queijo Serra da Estrela and eventually it is talking about supreme pleasure, it is talking about Queijo Serra da Estrela”.