Flax has been one of the most important fiber crops since ancient times. Vlaskaas ("flax" cheese) was not named for having flax as an ingredient, but because this ancient cheese was traditionally made only once a year in tribute of the flax harvest, that was most prominently celebrated in Flanders (a region that once comprised of territories in present day Belgium, France and Holland).
After having been lost to history for some time, in 2004 the flax harvest celebration was recreated as a community event, and the Vlaskaas recipe rediscovered. Beemster, renowned for its premium quality cow’s milk, was asked to honor tradition by bringing the Vlaskaas recipe to life once again. Beemster Vlaskaas has since won numerous top, world-recognized awards and is now made all year round.
Vlaskaas, aged around five months and distinguished by its purple rind, has a delightfully caramel-nutty flavor with a softer, creamier texture than a typical Beemster cheese. The paste has a deliciously smooth mouth-feel that is flecked with little crunchy protein crystals and an inviting aroma.
Application: Traditionally Vlaskaas was served on thick slices of bread and eaten throughout the harvest day. Vlaskaas’ wide appeal from kids to discerning adults makes it a great all-around snack and a delicious addition to salads, pasta dishes, pizza and sandwiches. It goes very well with ripe fruit and nuts.
Pairing: Delicious with a Belgian White Ale, but if you prefer wine stick with whites, like a crisp Chardonnay.
Pear & Hazelnut Fruit Pyramid, VPC
Product Details: #217847 | 12/2.6 oz
Located in the Yarra Valley region of Victoria, Valley Produce Company is one of Australia's most passionate and respected gourmet food companies. Each award-winning Valley Produce Company Fruit Pyramid contains over one pound of reduced fruit and has a 15-month shelf life. Fruit Pyramids require no refrigeration, even after opening, and will last as long as their date code specifies in ambient temperatures. There are no added colors or flavors and all pyramids are wheat and gluten-free. A soft but firm texture makes Valley Produce Company Fruit Pyramids easy to spread.
Pear & Hazelnut Fruit Pyramids are made with fresh, local Yarra Valley William pears, peeled, cored, pureed and slow cooked to excellence in small batches with freshly roasted, chopped hazelnuts added for body and flavor. It is ideal for Stilton, creamy blue, creamy, soft Brie and aged cheddar.