Country of originCyprus
Region, townIslandwide
Source of milkGoat or sheep milk
TextureVery soft to very hard
Aging timeNone

Anari (Greek: αναρή, Turkish: nor) is a fresh mild whey cheese produced in Cyprus. Although much less known than other Cypriot cheeses (e.g. halloumi), it gained popularity following publicity. One of the main industrial producers on the island won a silver medal award for anari in the 2005 World Cheese Awards in the UK.[1]


The whey used is usually a by-product in the production process of other harder cheeses, commonly that of halloumi or kefalotyri cheese.[2] The whey is gradually heated to 65 °C (149 °F) in a large cooking bowl. A small amount of goat or sheep milk (5–10%) can be added at this temperature to improve the end product quality. The temperature is then increased to boiling point, whilst mixing. At 80–85 °C (176–185 °F) small crumbly curds of anari start forming and are skimmed off the surface using a slotted spoon or a colander. They are placed in a container that allows further drainage and then cut into cubes of roughly 10 cm sides.[3] Excluding the drainage, the above process takes roughly one hour.[citation needed]


In its simple form, anari has a chalk-white appearance with a very soft consistency, similar in many ways to the likes of mizithra cheese, cottage cheese and ricotta. Salt is often added and the product dried through gentle heating (in bygone times it was just left in the sun) and further maturation to create an extremely hard variant.

Culinary uses

Nutritional facts

100 g of commercially produced fresh anari has a typical composition of:[4]

Fat 15 g
Carbohydrates 2 g
Proteins 11 g
Cholesterol 80 mg
Energy 195 kcal


Anari is also known in Cyprus as analati anari (Greek: ανάλατη αναρή) meaning "unsalted anari", since the regular anari is salted. Also anari has a prominent place in Cypriot culture as it is mentioned in the traditional fairy tale Spanos and the forty dragons.[5][6][7]

See also


  1. ^ "World Cheese Awards 2005". The Guild of Fine Food Retailers. Archived from the original on 2 February 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2007.
  2. ^ Recio I, García-Risco MR, Amigo L, Molina E, Ramos M, Martín-Alvarez PJ (June 2004). "Detection of milk mixtures in Halloumi cheese". J. Dairy Sci. 87 (6): 1595–600. doi:10.3168/jds.S0022-0302(04)73313-5. PMID 15453472.
  3. ^ R.P. Aneja. Technology of Traditional Milk Products in Developing Countries (Fao Animal Production and Health Paper). Food & Agriculture Org. p. 214. ISBN 92-5-102899-0.
  4. ^ "Nutritional information on anari cheese". Christis Dairy. Archived from the original on 25 August 2006. Retrieved 31 January 2007.
  5. ^ Έπκιασεν λλίον σταχτόν τζιαι μιαν αναρήν μεσόγλωρην τζι΄ελάμνισεν κατα τζεί πούτουν οι δράτζιοι...Αρπάσσει τζι’ο Σπανός την αναρήν, σφίγγει την, ετρέχαν τα ζουμιά που τη φούχταν του(So he grabbed hold of some ashes and a half-dry piece of soft white cheese (anari) and headed off in the direction of the dragons' lair...And Spanos grabs the half-dry piece of soft cheese he brought with him, and with only one squeeze its juices began flowing through his finger).
  6. ^ "Ανάλατη ή Αναρή". (in Greek). Cyprus Food Virtual Museum. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  7. ^ Spanos and the forty dragons - A folk tale from Cyprus. Mathiatis Primary School. Retrieved 24 November 2015.