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12 Kinds of Cheeses You Should Know About

Date:29-05-2013 15:40:07 read:5
Category:Sports-->Diet

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The very mention of the word ‘cheese’ brings a smile on people’s faces. Not only do people smile literally when they utter the milky delight’s name, they also smile inwardly at the thought of yummy melting cheese on a warm slice of pizza. The awesomeness of cheese is not restricted to one taste; there are numerous heavenly tasting cheeses in the world. Not understanding the different kinds of cheeses that exist? Have a look at this guide and you will know your cheeses better.

1. Cheddar

The most basic as well as the most consumed cheese in the world is Cheddar that is made from cow’s milk and was originated in England. It is a hard and natural cheese that has a slightly crumbly texture if properly cured and if it is too young, the texture is smooth. It gets a sharper taste as it matures, over a period of time between 9 to 24 months.

2. Parmesan

Popularly used in pastas, soups and risottos, the Parmesan cheese has a hard, gritty texture and is fruity and nutty in taste. It originated in Italy and its real name is Parmigiano Reggiano.

3. Gouda

Pronounced as ‘how-da’, this cheese comes from the land of cheeses, the Netherlands. It has been named after the city of Gouda in the Netherlands and is one of the most popular cheeses in the world, accounting for 50 to 60 percent of the world’s cheese consumption.

4. Camembert

This pale cream colored French cheese tastes best when paired with a light red wine such as Beaujolais, Chenin Blanc, St. Emilion, St. Estephe or traditionally a glass of Normandy cider. Used popularly for wine and cheese high society events, Camembert has a milky and sweet taste.

5. Brie

Also known as ‘The Queen of Cheeses’, Brie is a soft cheese named after the French region Brie, where it was originally created and has a pale yellowish white color.

6. Mozzarella

This Italian origin cheese is popular for being the most common choice of cheese topping on pizzas. Unlike other cheeses, it is not aged but eaten fresh and within few hours after it is made.

7. Roquefort

This cheese was invented in France and is made from sheep’s milk. The blue pockets of mold that dot the cheese are colonies of the mold Penicillium roquefort, found naturally in the caves of Roquefort, France. It has a moist, crumbly, sharp, sweet and nutty flavor from the yeast with distinct grassiness from the sheep’s milk

8. Emmental

This Swiss origin cheese has huge holes in it which are almost the size of walnuts and is of the hard variety. It is said to be one of the most difficult cheeses to be produced because of its complicated hole-forming fermentation process. The cheese tastes delicious with a glass of wine such as Jura Blanc.

9. Feta

One of the most loved cheeses of the world is Feta. Made from goat or sheep’s milk, this Greek origin cheese is a pickled curd cheese that has a salty and tangy taste enhanced by the brine solution. The texture depends on the age which can be extremely creamy or crumbly dry.

10. Monterey Jack

Commonly used in Mexican and Spanish cuisine, this tasty cheese is a tad different from the other cheeses as unlike those cheeses, this one is not of European origin. It can be called as the true ‘American’ cheese since it originated in the Mexican Franciscan friars of Monterey, California.

11. Swiss

When talking of cheese, how can we forget the milky land of Switzerland and its world famous Swiss cheese? It is identified as the cheese with a smooth solid yellow texture with big round holes. Its flavor is mild, sweet and nut-like which is savory but not very sharp.

12. Blue veined

Also known as blue cheese thanks to its color, this cheese may put off some people owing to its smell. If you remove the thought of real bacteria present in it, this cheese is a very flavorsome thing to eat. The blue color comes from the mold that is deliberately formed during the creation process inside the cheese.


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