Halloumi, fresh or mature, has always been the flagship of Cyprus’ authentic cuisine. For more than 1,500 years, it has been a key constituent of the local diet and has been closely associated with the culture and traditions of its people.
Halloumi is officially recognized worldwide as a distinctive cheese indigenous to Cyprus. Halloumi is a white semi-hard cheese with a distinctive layered texture, made from sheep and/or goat’s milk, which can also be blended with cow’s milk.
On the 12th of April 2021 the European Commission registered ‘Χαλλούμι (Halloumi) / Hellim’ as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), protecting, as of 1st October 2021, the valuable name against imitation and misuse across the EU.
‘HALLOUMI’ is registered as a Certification Trademark © in a number of countries in order to protect the heritage of this traditional product. In particular, ‘HALLOUMI’ is now registered as a Certification Mark in Cyprus, the United States of America, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Syria and South Africa.