Trnič is made of cottage cheese, cream and salt and is embellished with special decorations. It was always presented in pairs: two were embellished with the same decorations. The herdsmen kept one and gave the other one to their sweethearts. If the girl accepted the cheese, she consented to the herdsmen’s courting.
This is a lovely story, isn’t it? Nowadays it’s just a story, the herdsmen don’t spent the whole summer on the plateau anymore and they all have mobile phones so they can check on their wives and girlfriends regularly. Besides, a nice ring might be much more persuasive than a cheese you can only grate. But, luckily, the cheese and the story about it survived and Trnič is now one of the most notable typical dishes in the region. And the male foodies could use the story for the romantic gesture to their love ones!
How to experience the cheese making on Velika planina?
I had a privilege to observe the cheese decorating some years ago. There was a man on Velika planina making and ornamenting the cheese, dressed in the traditional herdsmen clothes. The experience and the story were actually much more interesting than the taste itself. Not that it’s bad, not at all! It resembles the Parmesan cheese and it’s often used like it. (Don’t bite it. You might break your teeth!)