Queijo Minas is a type of cheese that has been traditionally produced in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. It is made from cow milk according to traditional recipes. It used to be matured naturally in open air or, much less often, over a cooker to dry with the heat. There are 2 types:
- Frescal type is fresh, white and tender. Good Frescal must be juicy, soft, slightly granulated, with a mild taste.
- Curado type is ready for consumption when the juice has evaporated and the cheese has solidified and acquired a yellowish tint. Slightly more granulated than Frescal and with a stronger taste, tending to bitter or salted.