"A food made from the pressed curds of milk, firm and elastic or soft and semi-liquid in texture"
Most of us at one time or another will have eaten cheese. It's produced in over 74 countries worldwide and there are literally thousands of variations but did you know that.......
- Contrary to popular belief mice don't like cheese - in fact they go out of their way to avoid it
- A whopping 20 million metric tons of cheese is produced worldwide each year and production is increasing with growing demand.
- There is no exact information regarding the origin of cheese, archaeological studies have shown the origin of cheese dates as far back as 6000 BC. Studies also show that during that era cheese was made from cow’s milk and goats in Mesopotamia.
- Cheshire cheese is mentioned in the Doomsday Book
- There are more than 2000 varieties of cheese available worldwide, Mozzarella is the favorite around the globe, and the most consumed
- People of Greece are the largest consumers of cheese worldwide. An average person from Greece consumes around 27.3 kg of cheese every year, about ¾ of which is Feta cheese
- Pizza Hut is the largest cheese-using fast food giant, it uses approximately 300 million pounds of cheese annually, mostly on pizza
- Cheese production around the globe is more than the combined worldwide production of coffee, tobacco, tea, and cocoa beans
- Although France is famous for its cheese, we now make more artisan cheeses here in the UK
- Cheese, eaten in moderate quantities, is an excellent source of protein, calcium, and phosphorus.
- Cheese can be produced using a variety of milk including cow, buffalo, goat, horse, and even camel.
- Approximately 10 litres of milk is required to make one kilogram of Cheddar whereas it takes 7 litres to produce one kilo of Brie. If it wasn’t for cheese a lot of milk would have been wasted.
- Cheese is kept for a period of time before its ready to eat. Some varieties of cheese e.g. Stilton, Gorgonzola, and Brie are exposed to mold which helps them age properly.
- During the Roman Empire large Roman houses had separate kitchens for manufacturing cheese only, they were called careale.
- Cheese is one of the most versatile foods around and can be used as a starter, a main course or as a dessert - you can't do that with many other foods!