“Many’s the long night I’ve dreamed of cheese — toasted, mostly.” Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer, 1850-1894)
We are right there with Robert on this one. We love cheese. There are so many types of cheese that it was hard to pin down a number to say exactly how many different types there are. According to the British Cheese Board, Britain has approximately 700 distinct local cheeses. It is thought that France and Italy have perhaps 400 each. The varying flavors, colors, and textures of cheese come from many factors, including the type of milk used, the type of bacteria or acids used to separate the milk, the length of aging, and the addition of other flavorings or mold. Most often cheese is made from the milk of cows, but it has also been made from sheep, goats, buffalo, reindeer, camels and yaks…it has even been made with moose milk.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, innovative monks were responsible for inventing some of the classic varieties of cheese we know today, but cheese has been around a LOT longer than that. Archeological evidence shows cheese making in Egyptian tomb murals that date back to 2000 BC.
Regardless of how many varieties there are or who was the first to make it, we know one thing…cheese is good. (Most) Kids love cheese. Cheddar, swiss, mozzarella seem to top their lists. Trying new things is the name of the game and cheese alone can fit that bill. It will take a lot of Tuesdays to try all the different cheeses out there. What an adventure!