3 stories about French cheese
“How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?” Général De Gaulle
Cheese is part of the French heritage. We can count at least one thousand different type of French cheese, grouped into eight categories known as the “huit familles de fromages”. Some of these farm products are protected and classified though the French Appellation d’origine contrôlée (we will speak about that in a future article).
Cocotte will offer you a large selection of these cheese so better be prepared ! How deep is your knowledge about cheese ?
Here are 3 funny legends / stories about French cheese !
Do you know that some cheese have been created totally randomly ? This is the case for the very famous French Blue cheese and the Brie de Meaux cheese.
The inimitable Roquefort was created by accident. Who could believe that ? This is the story of a french shepherd… This boy was definitively a womanizer, preferring chasing woman instead of keeping a close watch for its flock. One day, he pursued a woman instead of having lunch, leaving its cheese curds and bread in a cave. When he came back to the cave, long time after, and found Roquefort : bread and cheese having turned in Blue cheese thanks to the Penicillium roqueforti.
This is also the case for the Brie de Meaux cheese. Thousand of years earlier, men used to go hunting or fishing while women were staying in the camp, keeping going fire or preparing meal. One of these young ladies was quite distracted and forgot during few days a precious fresh milk in a goatskin. When she realized her mistake, the milk was curdled. As the men were supposed to go back soon from hunting, she had to find a solution to hide the lost of this precious beverage… This is when she was on the point to throw the milk in the river that she realized that it has be turned into a strange texture. As she was curious, she could not stop her to try it from her fingertips and guess what ? She loved it ! When the men returned from hunting, she gave it to her husband saying “Try it, I invented that for you”.
What a nice story, isn’t it ?
But some cheese can be deadly good… This is the case of the Banon cheese. Made in the old traditional farm of Banon, in Provence, this iconic goat cheese wrapped in chestnut leaves is well known for having killed an Emperor because of its irresistible taste. Indeed, Antonius Prius, a Roman Emperor, died because of indigestion because he ate too many Banon cheese ! What better proof of excellence ? Hey, but don’t worry : Cocotte’s Banon cheese will be inoffensive to you !
Let’s test your knowledge about French cheese !
Look at this picture and try to recognize some of the cheese displayed.
You will find the solution just below
1 - Emmenthal 2- Roquefort 3 - Fourme d'Ambert 4 - Cantal 5 - Ossau-iraty-brebis-pyrénées 6 - Mimolette 7 - Bleu d'Auvergne 8 - Vacherin mont-d'or 9 - Comté 10 - Rambol aux noix 11 - Maroilles 12 - Rigotte de Condrieu 13 - Pont-l'évêque 14 - Livarot 15 - Boulette d'Avesnes 16 - Saint-nectaire 17 - Epoisses frais 18 - Pouligny-saint pierre 19 - Valençay 20 - Camembert 21 - Chaource 22 - Brie de Melun 23 - Saint-marcellin 24 - Crotin de chavignol de Touraine 25 - Sainte-maure de Touraine 26 - Boule de chèvre 27 - Chabichou 28 - Boursin 29 - Saint-florentin
We hope you could manage to find the most famous ones ! Be sure that all these fine products will be available at Cocotte Farm Roast & Winery ! You will have the chance to discover our finest selection of French and international cheese.
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