Sfella is a white and yellow cheese that has been classified as a PDO. Sfella in the local dialect means strip and so its name comes from the slices into which it is cut during its preparation.
It is matured and preserved in brine and has small holes in its mass. It is produced in the traditional way in the region of Messinia. It is a salty cheese that is very similar to feta cheese but has a spicier taste. It accompanies food or is used in pies and salads. Of course it is eaten raw, drizzled with oil and oregano as an appetizer for beer or ouzo.
The cheese dairy of the Memmou family produces the famous Messinian Sphela with pure Messinian milk – sheep’s or goat’s milk or a mixture of these. To produce the Sfela, the family keeps the same recipe with the same pure ingredients (fresh milk, rennet, salt), without any changes as it was received from the grandmothers in the villages.