Obruk Divle Tulum Cheese

$19.80 - $21.70

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Few nomadic sheepherders remain on the semi-arid steppe of south-central Turkey, a part of the Anatolian plateau that the farmers call the “yellow pasture.”

But in the village of Divle (now officially known as Üçharman), 300 shepherds and their 3,500 livestock (goats and red sheep) are the keepers of a quickly-fading beacon of culinary craftsmanship: the making of Divle Obruk, a rare local tulum, the Turkish name for cheese aged in a sheepskin or goatskin sack.

Obruk means pothole, possibly a reference to the crevices in the cave where the tulum is aged.