Saanen is a cows’ milk farmhouse cheese from the cantons of Bern and Wallis (Valais) and nearby areas in Switzerland, where its production dates back to the 16th century. It is also known as Walliser cheese.

Saanen cheese

The cheese is matured for at least three years but often for six to seven years or longer. It has a hard natural rind and a deep yellow, brittle interior with a few small holes. Weighing between 6 and 12 kg, it has a diameter of 30 – 40 cm and is 7-9 cm high.

Saanen has excellent keeping properties and can last for many decades. It is the custom to make a cheese at the birth of a child and to eat some of it on special occasions, then to pass it down to the child’s descendants. It is said that one cheese was kept for such use for 200 years.

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

If the Saanen cheese is not listed below, select a similar type of cheese from the list below to get a rough idea for the number of calories in Saanen cheese.

The calorie lists are sortable by clicking the up and down arrows in the heading columns

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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