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5 French Cheeses We Love
Cheese is a way of life in France
1. Brie – known as the “King of Cheese”
2. Camembert – most famous French Cheese
3. Comté – one of the world’s greatest cheeses
4. Petit Basque (Istara – P’tit Basque – Pur Brebris) – almost half produced is marketed in the United States
5. Roquefort – first cheese to receive AOC status
Blue cheeses have been around for thousands of years and historical figures like Pliny the Elder, Charlemagne and Casanova were reputedly lovers of this moldy delicacy with blue-green veins. Many rank the blues as some of the best cheeses in the world due to their complexity and unique terroir.
Though there are many varieties of blue cheese, the most famous is Roquefort. An ancient French blue, it is made from raw sheep’s milk, injected with mold, and then ripened in limestone caves. Roquefort, also known as “The King of Blues,” is France’s second most popular cheese, just behind Camembert.
Roquefort presents with a strong, intense flavor – one with balance and yet a spicy-sweet complexity. As a moist and crumbly blue cheese, it has no rind. The cheese goes well with sweet wines like Sauternes and Ports. Crumble it over crisp salad green or serve on a cheese board with pears, apples, and grapes.
Cheese is a way of life in France and part of its French food culture. What is your favorite French Cheese?
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