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EXTREMADURA

Located in the western part of the central plains, its most notable topography is the Central System, the mountains of Toledo and the plains of Badajoz. The climate is continental, modified by the proximity of the ocean. Mediterranean vegetation abounds, mostly with holm and cork oaks. Agriculture and livestock breeding (pigs, sheep and cattle) are its main resources. It can be proven that in the Neolithic period there was already an abundance of livestock in this region. Livestock breeding can be assigned as the most important of that time given the land and the places occupied by primitive people here. The Roman predominated the region, contributing great advances in the cheese producing methods employed and improving those used by ancient inhabitants. Extremadura is very important in the breeding of sheep for wool, especially Merino and Cabrio, and more and more in cattle breeding. Its cheeses, then, are basically made from sheep’s and goat’s milk of extraordinary quality. These animals graze a long time in oak woods, where acorns are abundant, as well as magnificent and aromatic pastures. One recent characteristic of cheeses from Extremadura is the use of thistle in the curdling of the majority of them. The Torta del Casar, Ibores, Vera, Torta de la Serena, Plasencia, Hurdes, Zahinos and Nazurón are some of the most well known examples.


Zonas queseras de EXTREMADURA

Ibores region
The area of Ibores is located in the north of Cáceres province, in the regions of Ibores, Villuercas, Jara and Trujillo, in an area known as “the four places”. It is a varied landscape where peaks of some 1.600 meters (4,800 feet) alternate with wooded valleys filled with holm and cork oaks, other oak species, and immense rockrose fields with cultivated land. The land is not very fertile, but with annual precipitation of between 600 and 1,000 liters/m2, natural pastures can develop with acceptable quality where perennial and annual species predominate. The continental climate is mitigated by the proximity of the ocean. Mediterranean vegetation is abundant, with a majority of holm and cork oaks. Agriculture and livestock breeding (porcine, ovine and bovine) are its major resources.

Alcántara reservoir
LThe Acehuche variety comes about in the lands which border the impressive Alcántara reservoir (Extremadura). It is here that one finds the village that gave its name to the cheese. The mountains of Coria, Garrapata, Grande, Pequeña... are its principal elevations This regions is rich in water.

Casa regionr
The lack of a natural border with the Atlantic Ocean, and thanks to its influence, causes Extremadura to have a less dry and extreme climate than that of the plains. This is a land of Mediterranean, continental and oceanic influences, with a template to warm climate. Everything in the environment is perfectly balanced. There are three types of vegetation: woods, meadows and low hills. The dams provide irrigation for a wide variety of crops in this highland of Cáceres.

La Serena region
The region of La Serena celebrates its transhumance tradition offering its variety products derived from sheep breeding. The absence of mountains and the scarcity of trees make this area in the north of Extremadura a perfect place for grazing. The region, situated in the eastern part of Badajoz province, is semi-desert. There, the Merino sheep lives off the scarce fallow, stubble, cereals, wild plants and the ever-so-desired and ever-so-scarce green pastures that blossom with the least bit of rain or with the morning dew.

Vera region
This is a pleasant and benign microclimate. This is the where the Verata goat comes from, which produced a good amount of milk. Mediterranean vegetation covers the area with a predominance of holm and cork oaks. Agriculture and livestock breeding (porcine, ovine and bovine) are the major resources of this area and the entire region of Extremadura.

REGIONS AND CHEESES
EXTREMADURA
Ibores region
Ibores
La Serena region
Torta de La Serena
Casa regionr
Torta del Casar
Alcántara reservoir
Acehuche