Ossau-Iraty is a semi-hard, unpasteurized sheep's milk cheese that is produced in the Basque region of France.
It is named after two rivers that flow through the region, the Ossau and the Iraty. The cheese has a natural rind and a yellow to pale ivory interior, with small, scattered holes.
It has a nutty, buttery flavor with hints of fruit and grass, and a smooth, creamy texture.
Ossau-Iraty cheese can be enjoyed on its own, as part of a cheese platter, or used in recipes such as quiches, omelets, and gratins. It is a popular cheese in the Basque region, and it is often paired with the region's wines and ciders
Ossau-Iraty cheese is also known for its health benefits, as it is rich in protein, calcium, and vitamins.