Picodon de l'Ardèche aka Picodon de la Drôme cheese
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
The number of calories in various types of cheese is very similar when you compare your cheese to a similar types of cheese.
For example, almost cheeses that are similar to Cheddar cheese have around 400 calories per 100g
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