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Most popular cheeses in the world

​Whether grated over pasta, sandwiched in your favorite burger, or simply eaten on its own, cheese is without a doubt an indispensable food in the culinary scene. Let's face it-- it's one of the few good things discovered in the history of mankind. Heck, I wouldn't trade a newly sliced cheese resting calmly on the slate cheese board for anything in the world!

We love cheese. But, how well do you really know it? Which variety of it do you think is the most popular? Wait, what. How dare I put you in this grueling situation? I know, I know. If only all could be hailed number one, then this world would be a better place for us dairy patronizers.

In reality, there's no definite number one answer to this question. The "most popular cheese" always depends on which country you asked it. For this reason, what I've tried to list down instead are some of the most popular cheeses in the world for the majority.

So, in no particular order, indulge yourself in this list. See whether you agree and don't forget to drop your comments below!

​Parmesan

​Parmesan cheese or Parmigiano Reggiano as it is called in Italy is the cheese that’s present in almost any pantry. It's usually topped over various cuisines and used in risottos.
Parmesan cheese has two types: the true Parmesan and cheeses mocking Parmesan or inferior Parmesan. What's their difference? The former is nutty and fruity in taste while the latter may have a bitter taste. But if you ask me, they're equally amazing and I love them both.

Mozzarella

​Another cheese representing Italy, Mozzarella is best eaten hours after its creation, unlike most varieties that are aged before being available for consumption. To others, it's popularly known as "string cheese". To make one, you need to heat curds in water until they form strings and become elastic. Stretch the curds and knead until it's smooth. Form them into round balls and viola, you now have fresh mozzarella cheese!

​Brie

Dubbed as the queen of cheese, Brie is made from cow's milk that's either whole or semi-skimmed. It's soft white that varies in taste depending on the ingredients mixed with it. Its name is derived from the region in French in which it originated.

Feta

​Want traditionally-formed cheese? Feta or salty cheese is what you're looking for. It's one of the earliest cheese discovered. Feta cheese is made from goat and sheep’s milk mixed together and curdled before soaked in brine for a couple of months. This gives the cheese a salty and tangy taste all at the same time. At present, Feta cheese is used in pastries and dessert recipes.

Cheddar

​Ask non-cheese enthusiasts about cheese and Cheddar probably is what they have pictured in mind. Usually yellow to off-white in color, this cheese is firm in texture and has sharp and deep taste which becomes stronger as it ages.  Fast fact: The name Cheddar came from the English village of Cheddar in Somerset.

​Cottage

​Unsurprisingly, Cottage cheese was named as such because in the ancient times, it's produced in cottages from the leftover milk makers of butter had. Cottage cheese is slightly lumpy and has a mild yet creamy flavor. It's prepared from cow's skimmed milk and is usually mixed with fruits and eaten with bread. 

​Blue

Named from the usually blue-colored spots found all over its body, blue cheese is prepared from cow, sheep or goat milk. The blue color is actually due to the mold that is present in the curd used to prepare the cheese. Blue cheese usually has a tangy taste.


Which do you think is the most popular? As for me, I'll travel the world if it means being able to taste varieties that are as delectable as these ones. Because, really, how much cheese is too much cheese?