Three Stories About French Cheese

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Posted by on February 10, 2016

“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. One can count at least one thousand different type of French cheeses, 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 cheeses, so to know what these cheeses are, it’s best to be prepared. To further your knowledge about cheese, we’ve collected three humorous stories for you.

Here are three funny legends/stories about French cheese!

Did you know that some cheeses have been created at random? This is the case for the very famous Roquefort (Blue) cheese and the Brie de Meaux cheese.

Cocotte Farm Roast & Winery BangkokThe inimitable Roquefort was created by accident. It begins with the story of a French shepherd boy. Now, this boy was definitely a womanizer. He preferred chasing women instead of keeping a close watch on his flock. One day, he pursued a woman instead of having lunch, leaving his cheese curds and bread in a cave. After a long while he came back to the cave, and found Roquefort: bread and cheese having turned into Blue cheese, thanks to the Penicillium roqueforti.

‘Creation by accident’ was also the case for the Brie de Meaux cheese. Thousand of years ago, men used to go hunting or fishing while women stayed in the camp, keeping the fire going or preparing meals. One of these young ladies put some precious fresh milk in a goat skin, but became quite distracted, and forgot the milk in there for a few days. By the time she realised her mistake, the milk was curdled. As the men were supposed to come back from hunting soon, she had to find a solution to hide the loss of this precious beverage. When she was at the point of throwing the milk into the river, she noticed that it had been turned into a strange texture. Being curious, the woman tasted the curdled milk on her fingertips. 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 ?

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But some cheese can be a little too good, to the point of being deadly. 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 cheeses! What better proof of excellence? However, 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 :)

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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! By the way, 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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