Oscypek cheese and its sellers


Paweł Potoniec

A couple of years ago Poland got a taste, if you will forgive the pun, of something which has long been familiar to the British and others – an EU attack on one of its culinary national symbols: in this case, oscypek cheese. Made from sheep’s milk, this delicacy of the mountains – spindle shaped, heavily salted, and smoked according to a (very) traditional recipe – is both a much-loved symbol of Górale culture and a delicious and sustaining food. Brussels’ attempt to get the flavour and shape of the things standardised in accordance with EU regulations, caused a little affront and a lot of mirth in Poland before being entirely ignored by its producers, who are not people to be trifled with. So support Krakow’s wizened and independent street oscypek sellers whenever you can – they work hard and rise at the crack of dawn for the journey from down south so that you can enjoy one of Europe’s great regional cheeses, freshly made. Talking of which…

Tags: culture, food, stand, tradition, cuisine, oscypek, cheese, symbol, mountains, producers
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