cheese and fruit pairing

Pairing Cheese and Fruit Jam for the Perfect Cheese Platter

The pairing of cheese with fruit is heavenly but must be made with a criterion. You have to consider the type of milk and the consistency of the cheese. Here are the best combinations of cheese with fruit.


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.

Cheese Appetizer

Pairing Cheese and Fruit


Aged Asiago

Radish jams, green tomato or celery


Blueberry jam


Grape mustard


Fig, apple or pear jam


Red or white onion jam, red tomato or mustard zucchini


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


Onion jam, celery, fennel, citrus marmalades



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


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


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

cheese and fruit platter

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