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Havarti is semi-soft Danish cheese named after the experimental farm on which it was first made in the mid 1800s.
Havarti is an interior-ripened cheese that is rindless, smooth and slightly bright-surfaced with a cream to yellow colour depending on type. It has very small and irregular openings ("eyes") distributed in the mass. The texture (also depending on type) can be supple and flexible.
Havarti has a buttery aroma and can be somewhat sharp in the stronger varieties. The taste is buttery, and from somewhat sweet to very sweet, and it is slightly acidulous. It is typically aged about three months, though when the cheese is older it becomes more salty and tastes like hazelnut. When left at room temperature the cheese tends to soften quickly.
Flavored variants of Havarti are also available, such as garlic, caraway, dill, and jalapeño.
Many say it is very good served with lesser-oaked Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, or light-bodied Pinot Noir wine. Great accompaniments are: figs; raisins; walnuts; hearty bread; pears; apples.
Havarti is a versatile table cheese that works well sliced, grilled, and melted. It's an excellent choice for sandwiches and snacks.
Nutritional Highlights Havarti, 1 slice 1 oz. (28g)
- Calories: 120 | Protein: 6.0g | Carbohydrate: 0.0g | Total fat: 11.0g | Fiber: 0.0g
- Good source of: Calcium (150 mg)