chapter  21
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Traditional Greek Feta ................................................................................................................ Anna Polychroniadou-Alichanidou

References to cheese production go back to the eight century BC. The cheesemaking technology described in Homer’s Odyssey is similar to the technology used until recently by Greek shepherds to make feta cheese from the milk of their sheep and goats. Other ancient Greek authors also mention cheese made from goat or sheep milk as common Greek food. Aristotle (384-322 BC) goes a little further and says that cheese is composed of water, fat, and tyrine, a term used in Greece up to the early twentieth century to designate casein (in Greek, tyri means cheese).