Ackawi is a traditional Arabic cheese named after Akko, a city in
Northern District of Israel.
This cheese is usually made from pasteurized cow’s milk, but
it can also be made from goat, sheep, or camel milk.
It is produced on a large scale in Israel, Lebanon, Palestine,
Jordan, Syria, Gaza, Egypt and Cyprus. Cheese loaves are made in
the shape of rectangular briquettes. It goes on sale in a special
Ackawi has a delicate smooth texture and
salty taste and pronounced aroma. Cheese mass is white.
The texture of this cheese is similar to that of mozzarella, feta or mizithra,
since it doesn’t melt very well. Melting resistance makes
it is suitable for frying as it keeps its shape well. Cheese can
stored for up to a year.
Cheese is widely popular as table cheese. It is commonly eaten in the Middle East
with soft cakes for lunch and dinner. Also Ackawi goes well in
paired with fruit or as a stand-alone snack.