Country of origin Greece
Region, town N/A
Source of milk Goats, Ewes
Pasteurized Not traditionally, but commercially yes
Texture Soft
Fat content approx. 15%
Protein content approx. 15.5%
Dimensions various
Weight various, usually ½ or 1 kilo
Aging time 2 months (PDO)
Certification Only Xynomyzithra Kritis

Xynomizithra or xynomyzithra (Greek: Ξινομυζήθρα) is a whey cheese with some added milk; it is a sour variant of Mizithra, and made from ewes' and/or goats' milk. The proportion of full-cream milk is about 15%.

It is mainly produced on the island of Crete but other areas in Greece also produce it. Xynomyzithra Kritis (xynomizithra of Crete) is a European protected designation of origin.[1]


Xynomizithra is made from strained ewe and/or goat whey which is heated and stirred. A small amount of full-cream milk (up to 15% for Xynomyzithra Kritis) is then added. The resulting curd stands for 30 minutes and is then put into molds to drain. It is then pressed and ripened for not less than 2 months.[1]


It comes in various sizes and its shape is usually truncated cone or ball. The cheese is soft, snow-white, creamy, and moist, with a sour taste.

It is commonly served with honey as a dessert. It is also used as a table cheese, in salads, and in baked goods, notably in small cheese pies ("kalitsounia").

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