Valençay cheese

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Valençay cheese

Valençay is a cheese made in the province of Berry in central France. Its name is derived from the town of Valençay in the Indre department.

Distinctive in its truncated pyramidal shape, Valençay is an unpasteurised goats’ milk cheese weighing 200-250g and is around 7cm in height. Its rustic blue-grey colour is made by the natural moulds that form its rind, darkened with a dusting of charcoal. The young cheese has a fresh, citric taste, with age giving it a nutty taste characteristic of goats’ cheeses.

The curd is drained and placed in a mould. After being removed it is covered with charcoal dust and left to ripe in a humid, ventilated room. The cheese matures for 3 weeks during which time its characteristic external mould forms and the central paste - initially crumbly - softens.

The cheese is available between March and December, with peak manufacture between April and August.

One tale has it that Napoleon having returned from his disastrous campaigns in Egypt stopped at the castle at Valençay. Their local pyramidal cheese apparently aroused unpleasant memories as he alleged then cut the top off in fury with his sword leaving the shape that survives to the present.

Berry has been the home to many cheeses for centuries, and has produced Selles-sur-Cher cheese, Crottin de Chavignol cheese and Pouligny-Saint-Pierre cheese among others.

The cheese achieved AOC status in 1998 making Valençay the first region to achieve AOC status for both its cheese and its wine. It also has the European AOP seal.

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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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