Panela, a white fresh and smooth cheese, has its roots from central Mexico. Ranchers would strain the Queso in hand-woven baskets, hence the signature basket-weave pattern visible along its outer edges.
Flavor profile: Cacique® Panela is the mildest of our cheeses. A delectable, curd-style cheese, similar to Queso Fresco but less crumbly. The curds give a slight squeak upon the first bite and the texture is a cross between a firm ricotta and halloumi.
How to use: Panela slices and crumbles easily and is best enjoyed while still moist and fresh or pan seared as a snack. Its creamy but slightly tangy flavor can be enjoyed with sweet berry compotes, traditional guava paste and as a crumbled topping to savory dishes.
Ingredients: cultured pasteurized grade a milk and skim milk, sea salt and enzymes. Contains milk.