The kefalotyri cheese is an aged sheep’s milk cheese that originated in Greece. This hard, salty cheese is made with unpasteurized milk and has a high-fat content. Kefalotyri can be served as either a table or cooking cheese.
The nutritional value of this cheese varies depending on how it’s aged. Therefore, I took the mean value and compiled the data from the USDA FoodData Central (1, 2), Kourellas kefalotyri (3), and Christakis kefalotyri (4), into a table below.
|For a Serving Size of 1 oz (28g)||Kefalotyri||Daily Value (%DV)|
|Total Fat, g||8||12%|
|Saturated Fat, g||5||25%|
|Vitamin A, IU||250||5%|
For each serving, this type of Greek cheese contains about 102 calories, which includes 7 grams of protein. It also contains nearly 30% of your daily recommended intake for calcium and 14% for sodium! Kefalotyri provides vitamin A too, with nearly 5% of your daily needs. Lastly, it has about 25% mg of saturated fat in just per serving, which is quite similar to other hard cheeses.
Overall, kefalotyri is a nutritious cheese with a good amount of protein, sodium, and calcium, and is definitely worth trying! It has a salty and slightly spicy taste. If you’ve never tried this cheese, try it with a glass of wine and some olives!