Everything you ever wanted to know about Sainte Maure de Touraine goats cheese.
- is truncheon shaped.
- has a straw which identifies the producer.
- uses the full name 'Sainte Maure de Touraine'.
- its cylindrical shape.
- the absence of the staw.
- the shorter name ('Sainte Maure', without the 'de Touraine').
The principle rules of the AOP, designed to preserve the terroir:
- Geographic area -- all of Indre et Loire and neighbouring parts of Vienne, Indre and Loir et Cher. All milk producers, processors (whether farm or factory), collectors and refiners must be situated within the geographic area.
- The goats' feed -- more or less all of the products destined to be goat food must come either from the farm or the area of production. The average annual amount of food ingested by a goat is 1100kg of dry material, of which 825kg must come from the geographic area of the AOP. Silage is limited to 365kg per goat per year, and can't exceed 1kg a day. Supplements (ie not forage) cannot exceed 550kg per goat per year.
- Area of pasture -- each farm must have at least 1 hectare for every 10 goats, of which 50% must be just grass. However, the goats don't necessarily graze outdoors. The farmer may cut the pasture and feed it to shedded goats.