Have you ever sat around with friends and asked the masked philosophical question “what would your last meal consist of”? In cases where I have been in the company of friends looking for deeper meaning or those one scotch in too many, my answer is always “wine, a cheese board, and a charcuterie plate”, and not the poor showing offered in many restaurants, but one with at least 10 different cheeses and 8 types of cured meats. (Very specific my last meal!) I think next to working a vineyard, if I was woman enough, I would love to own a fromagerie, but cannot do that as well because I would eat into the profits. Nonetheless, all this to say that I love cheese nearly as much as I do wine and as a result, could not help but become enamored by this simple cheese map from the IWFS, depicting the Cheeses of France.
Map: Cheeses of France
5 things you should know about France and its Cheese
- There are an estimated 350 to 450 distinct types of French cheese
- French cheese can be classed into three main groupings: pressed cheese, soft cheese, and blue cheese
- France has an AOC system for not just their wine, but also their cheese
- With 24.4kg of cheese eaten per person per year, the French are amongst the highest consumers of cheese in the world
- Blue Cheese was actually invented by a young French peasant forgetting his cheese in a cave and finding it months later.
Now, it seems only fitting to end this post with cheers to a glass of Chenin Blanc and all the Camembert cheese your heart desires!