Cantal aka Fourme de Cantal aka Cantalet cheese

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Cantal aka Fourme de Cantal aka Cantalet cheese
Cantal vieux


Cantal is a firm, AOC and AOP cheese from the Cantal département of France. It is named after the Cantal mountains in the Auvergne.

One of the oldest cheeses in France, Cantal dates back to the times of the Gauls. It came to prominence when Maréchal de Sennecterre served it at the table of Louis XIV of France.

There are two types of Cantal cheese. Cantal Fermier is a farmhouse cheese made of unpasteurised milk. Cantal Laitier is the commercial, mass produced version from pasteurised milk; both have to adhere to the same strict quality controls. Cantal is shaped like a cylinder, and is one foot in diameter. Cantal is made from unpasteurised or pasteurised cows' milk of the Salers breed. For Cantal, the milk of cows that are fed on hay (during 15 November to 15 April) is used.

This semi-hard cheese is aged for several months. The form is massive, and it has a soft interior. Its flavour, which is somewhat reminiscent of Cheddar, is a strong, tangy and buttery and it grows with age. A well ripened Cantal has a vigorous taste, while a young cheese has the sweetness of raw milk. Its aroma is of earth and pasture lands, and is reminiscent of the rich pasture land of the Auvergne. According to the time of ageing, three varieties are distinguished:

Cantal jeune (aged 1-2 months)

Cantal entre-deux or Cantal doré (aged 2-6 months)

Cantal vieux (aged more than 6 months).

Most (>80% of production) Cantal is of the first two varieties. Cantal vieux is already a hard cheese, if kept properly, it can last up to a year and a half without spoiling. It is not produced in large quantities. Much loved in the Cantal region, Cantal vieux is quite rarely exported due to its strong taste, and can usually be found only in specialist stores.

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Cheese type Calories per 100g
American cheese 371
Blue cheese 353
Camembert cheese 299
Cheddar cheese 402
Cottage cheese 98
Edam cheese 357
Farmer's cheese 98
Feta cheese 264
Fontina cheese 389
Goat cheese 364
Gouda cheese 356
Gruyere cheese 413
Mozzarella cheese 280
Parmesan cheese 431
Pimento cheese 375
Provolone cheese 352
Queso blanco cheese 310
Ricotta cheese 174
Roquefort cheese 369
Swiss cheese 380

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