Martina Pernar-Pag Cheese is considered World's Best
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In this episode of Flavor of Croatia, Zeno Hromin interviews Martina Pernar, marketing director of Paška Sirana on the island of Pag, Croatia.

Pag sheep cheese (or Paški Sir) is a winner of many Best in World awards over the years and it's protected by EU PDO designation (Protected Designation of Origin). Paški Sir is the first Croatian cheese to earn such a distinction, held by other essential European cheeses such as Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino Romano, and Manchego.

Zeno & Martina discuss the unique island topography, vegetation and climate, all which play a part in why the Pag Cheese is so revered by cheese lovers.

They also discuss the uniqueness of the Pag sheep, cheese production and its challenges, how to best take care of the cheese at home, and of course the best way to consume it. Pag sheep produce very little milk—A day's milking of 16 to 19 sheep is required to make each five-pound wheel of cheese. 

Pag cheese is a huge source of pride for locals on the island where sheep outnumber people 5:1. 

For more information on Pag cheese, please visit


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