Esquirrou or Ossau-iraty is a cheese made from pure ewe's milk, a whole milk, where the cheese is pressed and has a hard texture. It is produced in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques and in towns of the Hautes-Pyrénées.
This cheese is native to the (French) Basque Country and Béarn, the name Ossau-Iraty originates from the Pic du Midi d'Ossau and the Iraty forest.
This typical cheese offers a wide range of aromas. Flavors are herbaceous, nutty and fruity if the produce is from winter while the summer cheeses tend to reveal aromas of grass and flowers.