As far as vegan cheeses go, nut-based cheeses tend to be my favorites. I like the fatty creaminess that comes from nuts, how basic the ingredients are, and how wonderfully delectable they are in their own right. After my post from a couple of weeks ago about the surprise delivery of the new cheeses by Miyoko Schinner, I thought the time was right to talk about another one of my favorite vegan cheeses on the market.
Treeline is a company making dairy-free artisanal treenut cheeses out of Upstate New York. Their cheeses are sold across the continental United States in over 600 stores. However, it’s not available in any grocery stores in my area. So thus far, I’ve only been able to try a couple of flavors.
My favorite is the Scallion French-Style Soft Cheese. It’s a spreadable cashew cheese that comes in a 6-ounce tub. It’s made with cashews, water, L. acidophilus, sea salt, dried scallions, lemon juice, and onion powder. As the name would suggest it’s dotted with bits of scallions, giving it a slightly onion-y edge. It also has a lovely tang to it from the acid in the lemon juice.
The Cracked Pepper Hard Cheese is a firm round cheese that comes in a 4-ounce package. It’s made from cashews, water, L. Acidophilus, sea salt, and cracked black peppercorns. The flavor is very mild, except for the edges, which are encrusted with dots of pepper.
Looking for Treeline? I’ve found it at Viva La Vegan in Santa Monica, and Whole Foods in Glendale, California and New York City. For folks in Iowa, Treeline is available at Campbell’s in Des Moines, at one Hy-Vee location in Dubuque, and at the Hy-Vee in Coralville (in the large cheese case with the dairy-based cheeses). To find Treeline in your area, you can email Treeline from their website.
Have you tried any of the cheeses from Treeline? If so, which flavor is your favorite?