Picodon de l'Ardèche aka Picodon de la Drôme cheese

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Picodon cheese

Picodon cheese

Picodon is an AOC and AOP goats’ milk cheese made in the départements of Ardèche and Drôme (Rhône-Alpes), Gard (Languedoc-Roussillon) and Vaucluse (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur).

The cheese itself comes in a number of varieties, each small, flat and circular in shape varying from speckled white to golden in colour. Between 5 and 8 cm in diameter and 1.8 and 2.5 cm in height, they range from around 40 to 100 grams. The interior is spicy and unusually dry, whilst retaining a smooth, fine texture. Young varieties have a soft white rind a gentle, fresh flavour. If matured, it can lose half of its weight resulting in a golden rind with a much harder centre and a more concentrated flavour.

The types available include:

Picodon de l'Ardèche - the most common variety, with noticeable acidity.

Picodon de Crest - made with the highest quality milk giving a stronger flavour.

Picodon du Dauphiné - generally sold well matured.

Picodon de Dieulefit - sold in both young and mature varieties.

Picodon de la Drôme - low acidity, with both salty and sweet flavours.

Picodon à l'huile d'olive - marinated in bay and olive oil.

The cheese is produced with only a small quantity of rennet and is poured into small moulds dotted with tiny holes. Lactic protein, frozen curd, and concentrated or powdered milk are all prohibited by regulation. It is twice salted using fine, dry salt, and left to mature for at least fourteen days, although four weeks is more common.

Cheeses labelled with ‘affinage méthode Dieulefit’ indicates that the maturation includes hand-washing the surface of the cheese with water, following which the it is left to mature in covered earthenware jars for at least a month.

Calories in different varieties and various types of cheeses

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For example, almost cheeses that are similar to Cheddar cheese have around 400 calories per 100g

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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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