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Quark is a soft, spreadable German cream cheese with a tangy flavor. It is available in textures that range from creamy and spreadable to firm.
A modern cheese variety, Quark features a low fat content of about 0.3 to 11%. When made with 0.3% fat content, it is firm, crumbly, and dry. Made with a 5% fat content, its texture resembles that of low-fat American ricotta. Quark with an 11% fat content resembles very smooth cream cheese.
When Quark is used to create a processed cheese, it may be combined with cream, butter, onions, and paprika, and is intended to be used as a snack or condiment. Quark is also used to make a variety of fresh sour-curd cheeses in Germany, Austria, and the Czech and Slovak Republics.
Quark is becoming more widely available. Look for it in large health food stores, specialty stores, and markets.
Quark cheese can be used as a spread on crusty breads and bagels or as a dessert cheese. In Germany, it is a thick, tart spread served at most meals; it’s spread on toast in the morning, on baked potatoes in the evening, and served with fresh fruit for dessert.
Quark cheese (German style), 100g
Total Fat: 0.2g
Health benefits and
concerns for dairy foods
Many health benefits and concerns associated with this food are applicable to other dairy foods. Read about health benefits and concerns for dairy foods for a full description.
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