Interesting facts about cheese

Posted on Apr 20, 2021      129

Some people like cheese, some not so much, but judging by the fact that there are entire communities of fans of this product in the world, it enjoys a very, very considerable popularity. Invented long ago, it has since spread almost all over the world. However, in Asia, for example, cheese is practically not eaten, and in African countries, too, but in Europe and in both America’s people give it their due. And considering how many varieties there are in the world, it’s hard to say if you like cheese or not, because you probably haven’t tried all of them.

Cheese Facts

  • The French cheese maker André Simon wrote a treatise “On Cheese Making” in which he tells about the peculiarities of making 839 kinds of cheese. The cheese maker wrote his book for 17 years.
  • New varieties of cheese are invented almost every week.
  • The first cheese factory was established in Switzerland in 1815.
  • Today there are over 2,500 registered types of cheese in the world.
  • In Wisconsin, USA, there is a law that allows a restaurant to require cheese to be served with every meal.
  • In the old days, cheese was considered a precious gift. Queen Victoria of Great Britain was presented with a huge wheel of Cheddar cheese for her wedding, weighing over 1,000 pounds.
  • For almost a century, scientists have been figuring out and debating where holes in cheese come from. American William Clark determined in 1917 that the “eyes” resulted from bacteria in the milk. The bacteria release carbon dioxide, forming cavities in the cheese.
  • The human body more easily absorbs protein from cheese than from milk.
  • Cheese was first made as far back as 7,000 years BC. Most researchers believe that the first cheese appeared in the Middle East.
  • People who are fond of collecting cheese labels are called tyrosemiophilists.

  • One of the most devoted connoisseurs of cheese was Charlemagne. His favorite type of cheese was Brie cheese.
  • The color of cheese depends on the composition of the milk, which in turn depends on what the cow is fed. The more B-carotene, the more intense the color.
  • The most consumed cheese in the world is mozzarella. Some experts attribute its popularity to the fact that it is often used to make pizza.
  • One of the traditional ways to preserve a head of cheese is to insert an upside-down bottle of wine into its core. This way the cheese stays fresh longer.
  • According to historians, Salvador Dali’s painting “Leaky Clock” was painted with the inspiration that arose after tasting Camembert cheese.
  • Cheese is used in banking. Since the mid-twentieth century, some banks in northern Italy made loans to cheese makers on the security of Parmesan. Heads of cheese, usually ripening for 2-3 years, the bank places in a special vault. If the lender falls behind on payments, the bank can sell the cheese.
  • Perhaps the most specific type of cheese is the Sicilian Kasu Marzu. This cheese is, to put it mildly, an amateur. It is aged longer than the usual stage of fermentation, subjected to putrefaction, during which cheese fly larvae accelerate the breakdown of fats in the cheese and make it soft. If you disturb these larvae, they can jump as far as 15 centimeters, so this cheese is often eaten with special glasses. Here is such an Italian exotic.
  • In ancient times, and in the Middle Ages, cheese, along with eggs, ivy, bones, lamb’s liver, fig leaf and coffee grounds were often used for divination.
  • Until the early 20th century, the enzyme needed to make cheese was got from the stomachs of calves only 10 days old. Fortunately, scientists then got this enzyme through genetic engineering, which is what most cheesemakers now use.
  • Carpathian wurda cheese made of sheep’s milk can be stored in the freezer indefinitely long time, and the cheese will not lose its properties at all.
  • Edible mold of the genus Penicillin is used to make blue cheese, from the same mold Alexander Fleming received the world’s first antibiotic Penicillin.
  • The largest exporter of cheese in the world in terms of money earned is France. Some countries, like Ireland and New Zealand, export 90-95% of the cheese produced in the state.

  • Cheese once helped win a war. In 1841, the Uruguayan flotilla went into battle with the Argentine flotilla. After a while, the Uruguayans ran out of shells, and it seemed that the battle was lost. But then they remembered that there were dried heads of cheese in the ships’ holds and loaded the cannons with them. The Argentines, not recognizing the cheese in these improvised cores, decided that this was some new kind of weapon, and preferred to retreat just in case.
  • Cheeses have a fairly simple classification. There are five varieties of their friendly family. According to the state they are soft, semi-hard or hard, according to the method of manufacture - smoked or melted.
  • It is believed that mice and other rodents are very fond of cheese, but this is not true - small animals prefer products with a less pronounced smell, such as grain and fruit.
  • Some kinds of cheese are tinted with a decoction of marigold flowers or carrot juice to give them a beautiful color.