Happy Cheese Lover’s Day!!
Cheese is a milk-based food produced in many formats; hundreds of types are produced from all over the world. Their presentation can depend on many factors, such as the origin of the milk, pasteurization, processing, and aging; these can be influenced by flavoring agents like herbs, smoke, or spices.
The origins of cheese predate recorded history; one of the earliest references to cheese originated in 1400BCE in India, and by 27 BCE, there is evidence that cheesemaking had become a sophisticated enterprise. Today, cheesemaking is as productive as ever, and many significant kinds of cheese have been granted Protected Origin status.
There are too many cheeses in existence to list them all here; the varieties available around the world are endless. Here are some of the more unusual cheeses:
Caravane is the brand name of a cheese produced in the country of Mauritania. It is collected from the local camels of a thousand nomadic herdsmen and is very difficult to produce.
Produced in Armenia, Chechil is a brined string cheese that originated either in Armenia or Georgia. It has a consistency not unlike mozzarella and is produced in dense strings that are rolled up in a shape made of thick -braid-shaped ropes.
Made in Tibet, this cheese is made from the curds that are left over from boiling buttermilk.
Created in Hokkaido, Japan, this is a soft, creamy-white cheese that is flavored with mountain cherry leaves.
Flower of Rajya
Made in Nepal by Tibetan nomads, this firm yak’s-milk cheese is dry-cured in Tibetan red salt, aged, then wrapped in scarves and packed in bamboo baskets.
Originating in Austria, this rennet-free cow’s milk cheese gets its name from the gray mold that usually grows on its rind; it is extremely low in fat and has a powerful penetrating smell.
this Belgian unpasteurized cow’s-milk cheese is traditionally aged in humid caves.
Hailing from Denmark, this creamy, blue-veined cheese is a mixture of blue cheese and brie with a white-mold rind; it comes with a delicate blue mold that may not appear in other blue cheese varieties and is aged for more than 60 days.
Made in Norway, this is a soft, mature sour milk cheese flavoured with caraway seeds; it come in two varieties, spreadable and grainy.
Made from the milk of Balkan donkeys from Serbia, it is reportedly the world’s most expensive cheese.
A Swedish cheese made from moose milk.
Most popular and famous in Canada, cheese curds are a key ingredient in poutine.
This Costa Rican cheese is a fresh cheese that resembles a knotted ball of string cheese.
Aan American mold-ripened cheese with a central line of edible white ash much like Morbier.
Port Wine Cheese
An orange and red-coloured cheese that is prepared with alcoholic port wine as it is made.
Also known as formaggio marcio, this is a traditional Italian cheese of Sardinian origin made of sheep milk and containing live insect larvae.
A Dutch cheese, this hard cheese is traditionally made from the milk of cows grazed on sea-clay soil in polders.