Category:Blue cheeses

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Classic blue cheese

Blue cheese

This wiki cheese category contains pictures and information on blue cheeses.

Further information

Blue cheese (or bleu cheese) is a general classification of cows' milk, sheep's milk, or goats' milk cheeses that have had Penicillium cultures added so that the final product is spotted or veined throughout with blue, blue-grey or blue-green mould, and carries a distinct smell. Some blue cheeses are injected with spores before the curds form and others have spores mixed in with the curds after they form. Blue cheeses are typically aged in a temperature-controlled environment such as a cave. In the European Union many blue cheeses such as Roquefort, Gorgonzola, and Stilton are, like wine, a protected designation of origin, meaning they can bear the name only if they have been made in a particular region in a certain country. Similarly, individual countries have protections of their own such as France's Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée and Italy's Denominazione di Origine Protetta. The characteristic flavour of blue cheeses tends to be sharp and a bit salty. The smell of this food is widely considered to be pungent, even smelling like feet. This is due to the types of bacteria encouraged to grow on the cheese; for example, the bacterium brevibacterium linens, responsible for the pungent smell of many blue cheeses, is also the cause of human foot odor. Due to this strong smell and flavour, blue cheeses are often considered an acquired taste.

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Pages in category "Blue cheeses"

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