Ġbejna (plural ġbejniet) are cheeselets made in the Maltese Islands from goat’s or sheep’s milk. They are prepared and served in a variety of forms: pickled, salted, peppered, covered in herbs, dried or plain, fresh cheeselets.
Legend has it that sea water was used as a curdling agent for these cheeselets. The ġbejna is a key ingredient in Maltese dishes varying from soups, to sandwiches, as an appetizer, as a condiment and sometimes even in sweets.
Prior to Malta’s accession to the EU, the EU accepted Malta’s request to protect the traditional ġbejna as a traditional sole product of the Maltese Islands!