Lonely Planet Writer

Cyprus unites to protect famous local cheese

Greek and Turkish Cypriots have united to submit a joint application to the EU for the protected status of the local product known in the Greek part of the island as halloumi and in the Turkish part as hellim.

A stack of grilled halloumi or hellim.
A stack of grilled halloumi or hellim. Image by Hans Westbeek / CC BY 2.0

This famous cheese is chewy and salty and usually served grilled or griddled. Cyprus has been divided by a buffer zone and so-called Green Line running the length of the island ever since the 1974 Turkish invasion which followed a Greek coup on the island. Read more: theguardian.com