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Say cheese: Fun facts about this dairy product we love

Are you a certified cheese lover? Then perhaps you already know that cheese is a delectable non-meat source of protein.

But other than this nutritional fact (and the undeniable truth that cheese is simply irresistible), have you ever wondered if there are other things worthy to be known about this dairy product?

Well, we do too! Thus, this list was born. Think you’re ready to get cultured with cheese? (Whoops, sorry ‘bout that pun).

Without further ado, here's a slice of interesting facts about the (wonderful, wonderful) cheese we so adore.

  1. Though there's no accurate information about its origin, archaeological surveys revealed that long before 6000 B.C., the cheese was already being made from the milk of cows and goats in Mesopotamia.
  2. For you to produce a pound of cheese, an estimated 10 pounds of milk is needed. 
  3. Even if you combine all of the production of coffee, tobacco, cocoa, beans and tea around the globe, that won't still come close to the amount of cheese produced globally. 
  4. Mozzarella is the most consumed out of the whopping 2000 varieties of cheese found in the world.
  5. “Macaroni and cheese” is the most popular recipe of cheese in the United States. 
  6. United States holds the record of the first mass production of cheese which is on 1851.  However, Switzerland is where the first ever cheese factory was established (1815).
  7. Want to make your own cheese? This soft, creamy delight can be made from the milk produced by cows, buffalos, goats, horses, and even camels. 
  8. Dedicated vegetarians eat almond or soy-based cheeses. 
  9. Never store cheese with other strong-smelling food. It may absorb their aromas and spoil.
  10. A huge wheel of Cheddar cheese weighing over 1,000 pounds was given to Queen Victoria (queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland) as a wedding gift. A normal cheddar weighs 60-75 pounds. Imagine how huge that cheese was! 
  11. To help them age properly, blue cheese, brie, gorgonzola, and other cheese varieties are exposed to mold
  12. A professional cheese seller at a cheese shop or specialty food store is called a cheese monger. 
  13. Ancient Romans were among the first to turn cheesemaking into a fine art. Houses of the affluent people even had a kitchen (called careale) specially dedicated just to making cheese!
  14. Aside from calcium, cheese is also filled with vitamin D, (which helps in the absorption of calcium) along with folic acid, phosphorus, zinc, and Vitamins A, B2, B12, and K2. (Who knew mozzarella sticks could be this healthy?) 
  15. Limburger cheese, a cheese known for its strong and unpleasant odor, has the same smell as stinky feet. This is because the bacteria that gives the cheese the bad odor is also the same bacteria found on human skin that's responsible for body odor.
  16. Although most cheeses are commonly produced from cow, sheep, or goat’s milk, a rare variety of moose cheese is produced in Sweden. The moose cheese is created by The Elk House farm in Bjursholm, Sweden. 
  17. Slate is one of the better cheese board choices. It’s non-porous, doesn’t absorb the smell of its surroundings and is less prone to discoloration.
  18. The United States maybe the top producer of cheese in the world, France may have the most varieties of cheese, but Greece has the highest consumption of cheese per person. On average, the amount of each consumed by each Greek is 27.3 kg.

There you have the list of facts about cheese you didn’t know existed. Before we end, here's a cheesy quote from Jean-Anthelme Brillat- Savarin:

"A dinner which ends without cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye.”

Agreed, Jean.

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