Wikipedia Article About Oka on Wikipedia
Oka is a Canadian cheese named after the small village of Oka, Quebec where it originated in 1893.
Oka cheese has a pungent aroma and soft creamy flavour, sometimes described as nutty and fruity. Oka is an excellent substitute for many semi-soft ripened cheeses in any dish.
There are four types of Oka cheese, 'Regular','Classic', 'Light' and 'Providence'. 'Regular' Oka can be made from both pasteurized and raw milk. It is a pressed, semi-soft cheese that is surface ripened for some 30 days. The 'Classic' is ripened for an additional month. Aging is done in refrigerated aging cellars. The cheese rounds are placed on cypress slats and the cheeses are periodically turned and washed in a weak brine solution. 'Providence' Oka is of a much more creamy and soft texture then either 'Classic' or 'Regular, while 'Light' is identical to 'Regular', but with a lower percentage of fat.