Circassian cheese

Circassian Cheese
Other names Adyghe: (адыгэ Къуае)
Country of origin Circassia
Region, town North Caucasus
Region Caucasus
Source of milk Cow, sheep or goat milk
Pasteurised Depends on variety
Texture Depends on variety
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Circassian cheese (Adyghe: адыгэ Къуае IPA: [aːdəɣa qʷaːja], Hebrew: גבינה צ'רקסית Gvina Čerkesit, Arabic: جبنة شركسيّة, Russian: Адыгейский сыр Adygeyskiy Syr, Turkish: Çerkes peyniri) is a Circassian cheese, found across the North Caucasus, the Levant and other areas with a Circassian diaspora.

Circassian cheese is a mild type of cheese that does not melt when baked or fried, and can be crumbled.

There is an annual special festival for the Circassian cheese in Maykop, the capital of the Republic of Adyghea, held during the Circassian cultural festival with a participants from different regions in the North Caucasus, competing in producing the best types of the Circassian cheese. The last one took place on 4 October 2010.[1][2]


  1. Via the Ministry of Culture of Adygeya (Russian Language)
  2. Via Kavkaz-Uzel (Russian Language)
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