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Cheese ID, Please!

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my friend is trying to ID a cheese available everywhere in Israel. It has the consistency of feta, is white in color, and contains no salt whatsoever.

he's not seen it in this country, but if I knew what exactly this cheese was, I could probably hunt it down for him.

any ideas?

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    S. B. Cochran

    Sounds like Halloumi, usually Cypriot....Enjoy.

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    1. re: S. B. Cochran

      hallomi is salty (actually VERY salty)

    2. Jim, it's funny to read your post because I was just telling a friend about what sounds like a similar cheese. When I was in Israel a few years ago, the beaches in Tel Aviv would serve seedless watermelon that came with a cheese. It was a delicious and refreshing combination. It had the consistency of feta(a little more creamy - similar to imported feta) but was not salty. When we asked what it was, the waiters told us it was Bulgarian cheese. However, I never felt confident that this was the right answer. Anyway, I will contact my friends in Israel and inquire.

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      1. re: Scott K

        I have contacted an Israeli friend, who provides the following information:

        "It is no doubt 'G'vina Levana.' The old version was the same family name, with the sub-title 'Tesha Achuz' [which is also a grammar mistake] meaning 9%. It exists now in all colors and quantities, etc. You can buy it at Sami's, north Fairfax."

        1. re: Samo

          From another source, the following additional and possibly contradictory information:

          "There is more than one such cheese in Israel, but the most common are Tsfatit (from the town of Tsfat) and 'gevinat kash' (hay cheese)."

          Note that the "north Fairfax" mentioned in my previous post is a street in Los Angeles.

      2. Don't know about the g'vina lavana but they have Bulgarian feta at Sahadi in Brooklyn.

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          Jennifer Fish Wilson

          Here in San Francisco area it's usually referred to as Israeli feta.