Cheese around the worldApr 12th, 2012 - by Anjali
Which country do you think produces the most cheese in the world? Holland? France? To the surprise of all of us in Knok, it is the United States. Making more than 30% of the world’s cheese, America produces large amounts of Cheddar, Mozzarella, and Cream Cheese. And what makes the whole story of cheese even more interesting, is the fact that the concept of cheese was conceived in the Middle East!
Although there isn’t any exact record of the moment, it is believed that when the Egyptians travelled and carried milk with them on their journeys, the back and forth rocking of the bags of milk created what we now know as cheese! There are even archeological recordings of cheeses in Egyptian tomb murals proving that Egypt was a producer of cheese thousands of years back.
There are thousands of varieties of cheeses but here to travel to find the best cheeses in the world?
- France is the largest exporter of cheese in the world! You must not miss out the creamy Bleu Brie, Camembert, Mimolette, Roquefort cheeses in France!
- England produces over 700 varieties of cheese!! Their specialties are: Tilton, Blue and Cheddar cheese.
- The Netherlands wouldn’t be the same without their Gouda and Edam cheeses.
- Greece is known for its crumbly and sour feta cheese normally made out of goat or sheep milk.
- Italian cheeses are known for the nut like texture making them ideal to add to pastas. Their famous cheeses are: Provolone, Fontina, Asagio, Parmesano…
It is interesting to observe that Asian food doesn’t really use that much cheese in their cuisine. You won’t really find any item on the menu of a Chinese, Indian, Thai restaurant. So on your next journey, (hopefully via home exchange) if you ever stop by any of the countries mentioned above, don’t forget to try a slice of their distinguished cheese; it would add to your local experience and expose your paladar to yet another flavor!