Pairing Cheese and Fruit Jam for the Perfect Cheese Platter

cheese and fruit pairing

What's better than a good cheese and fruit tray? "Don't let the farmer not know how good the cheese with pears is" says an old Italian adage. As a matter of fact, the pairing of cheese with fruit is absolutely heavenly. 

However, combinations must be made with criterion. Some fruit jams combine with some cheeses more than others. The reason is purely chemical: cheeses are practically free of sugars and jams are the perfect complementary food, creating the right balance in taste.

Fruit and cheese pairing, how to choose

First of all, to choose the most appropriate combination of fruit and cheese you must consider the type of milk used: cow, goat, sheep, and then you look at the consistency of the cheese: soft, ripened, semi-hard, semi-mature...
Soft and and sweet cheese will marry bitter jams. In contrast, strong and aged cheeses will match with sweet fruit jams and compotes.
Here are the best combinations of cheese with fruit.

Pairing Cheese and Fruit

CHEESE

FRUIT JAM / COMPOTE / MUSTARD
Aged Asiago

Radish jams, green tomato or celery

Bitto

Blueberry jam

Bra

Grape mustard

Brie

Fig, apple or pear jam

Caciocavallo

Red or white onion jam, red tomato or mustard zucchini

Castelmagno 

Onion chutney

Fiore Sardo

Quince and ginger jam

Goat cheese

Blackberries, blueberries, strawberry, orange, mandarin or cherries

Aged cheese 

Green tomato jam and plum jam

Pasture Cheeses

Rosemary and lemon marmalade

Medium aged and blue cheeses 

Pear, figs, pineapple, red onion, citrus fruit, peppers jam

Gorgonzola

Onion jam, celery, fennel, citrus marmalades

Manchego

Quince

Tuscan Marzolino

Green tomato mustard, fresh fruit (apples and pears)

Seasoned Paglierina

Grape juice, blueberry or orange jam
Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana PadanoJams and chutney of pears, green tomatoes and fig jam

Pecorino di Fossa 

Rosehips, pumpkin, figs and pine nuts or pear jam; fresh beans

Fresh Pecorino

Jam or compote of fig, peppers, green tomatoes

Pecorino di Pienza 

Fig jam

Aged Pecorino 

Cheese citrus marmalade, pepper mustard or jam, pear jam

Aged Piave cheese 

Figs (and mortadella!)

Puzzone Moena 

Blueberry jam

Ricotta 

Apple, citrus, pear and cocoa, peach and cocoa, banana jam

Taleggio 

Fig or pear compote
Piedmont TomaTangerine or orange marmalade, onion, mustard and green tomato jam
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