Cheese is one of the most popular foods in the world. However, many people do not know how long the history of cheese is, how many kinds can be found, or how many strange facts are linked to this dairy product. In France, one person consumes almost 26 kilograms of cheese per year. We are probably not mistaken in saying that France is a real country of cheeses, as it produces more than 300 varieties of it, and sometimes the French eat cheese with a wide variety of jams or berries sauce as a dessert. So, what else do we know about this product?
Cheese was discovered more than 4 thousand years ago. One of the most popular foods these days would have never been discovered, if not by an accident. According to the legend, the first cheese was discovered 4,000 years ago and was created entirely by accident when the fresh milk was kept in a container covered by the real stomach of an animal. The enzyme released from the stomach turned the milk into curd, resulting in a cheese-like product.
Even if cheese is made from milk, it is suitable for people who are lactose intolerant. Even if you do not tolerate lactose, you do not need to say goodbye to the cheese forever. The most important thing is to choose the right kind. Matured cheeses have less lactose than fresh ones, so they can usually be enjoyed in moderation by those who are not suitable for dairy products. So, cheddar, brie, parmesan or chamber cheese is a great and delicious choice.
We have to thank the shepherd for the Roquefort cheese. It is said that the shepherd who grazed the sheep chased a beautiful girl and left a lunch basket containing cheese and bread in a cave. The cheese lay there until the mold formed his cheese into a product similar to Roquefort cheese. Now, by law, only cheeses ripened in the natural caves of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon can have the name of Roquefort.
Gouda cheese is named after the town of West Holland that is located between Rotterdam and Utrecht. To be honest, the cheese itself was not produced in this city, but in its surroundings. However, cheese makers from the surrounding cities still come to the traditional cheese market every Thursday. This cheese is matured for a few weeks to seven years. Longer-matured cheeses of this type are salty and sharper, while fresher ones are mild and creamy.
Fried Camembert Cheese
We suggest you enjoy a traditional French dish. You will need the following ingredients: 250 g of Camembert cheese; 30 g roasted cedar nuts; 30 g of almonds; Provence herbs; bread. Place the cheese in a small bowl and carefully cut out the circle on the surface of the cheese, which is needed to make it easier to eat. Then place the cheese in a preheated oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Then gently touch the middle of the cheese with your finger to check that it has softened and baked. Remove it from the oven and sprinkle with nuts, season with Provence herbs. Serve hot taken out of the oven