Feta is considered one of the oldest cheeses in the world. The first record of feta cheese dates back to the Byzantine Empire. It has been closely associated with Crete, which is in present-day Greece.
Feta is undoubtedly one of the most famous Greek cheeses. In fact, Feta occupies 70% of Greek cheese consumption. The cheese is protected by EU legislation and only cheeses produced in Macedonia, Thrace, Thessaly, central continental Greece, Peloponnese, Lesvos and Kefalonia Island can be called "feta". Similar cheeses produced elsewhere in the eastern Mediterranean and in the Black Sea, outside the EU, are often called "white cheeses".