Israel is known as the land of milk and honey - as the popular Shavuot song goes - and Shavuot is a great opportunity to remind us all of the wonderful cheeses this country has to offer.
With all due respect to commemorating the receiving of the Torah or its association with the harvest and first fruits, for most Israelis Shavuot evokes dairy products - especially cheese.
Dairy consumption is expected to soar 25% this Shavuot, according to Israel Dairy Board general manager Shaike Drori.
The Cottage cheese may be Israel's most popular cheese (and if you haven't tried Israeli cottage cheese you don't know the real taste of it.. sadly USA brands of cottage cheese don't compare :-).
But there are so much more cheeses to choose from - from boutique cheese-makers to established factories like Tnuva and Strauss - there is a great variety of taste and flavors.
What ever cheese you choose this holiday, here are some recipes for your Shavuot dinner.. have fun!