We all know just how much we Brits love cheese, however, we’re not always thought of as one of the most famous cheese-making nations; that title goes to our neighbours in France, Holland and Italy. We do, however, produce some great cheeses ourselves which often go unnoticed, so we’re going to buck that trend and celebrate our rich heritage.
Stilton cheese, which comes in two varieties – blue and the less-common white – have both been granted status as ‘protected designation of origin’ (PDO) so they can only be produced in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire in the UK. Blue Stilton is known for its strong smell and taste and for the blue veins which course through the cheese packed full of flavour.
Cheddar cheese is probably the most common cheese consumed in the UK and comes from the village of Cheddar in the British West Country. The cheese is firm to the touch, but a more mellow and mild character to Stilton. Cheddar cheese does not have a PDO so it can be produced all over the world and is widely consumed in the Western World. The term West Country Farmhouse Cheddar, however, has been granted with a PDO.
As the name suggests, Red Leicester cheese is red in colour and originates from Leicestershire. The rind of the cheese is red-orange and often has a powdery form of mould on it. The flavour is similar to cheddar in that it’s mind and mellow and becomes stronger with age.
Wensleydale cheese was made most famous through the Wallace and Gromit films, with Wallace being totally obsessed by the cheese. Originating from Yorkshire, the cheese is moist and crumbly and often used as a base for interesting flavoured cheeses. For example, you can find Wensleydale mixed with apricots, cranberries and even toffee!
Here at Freshways, we provide all of our clients across the UK with the very best and freshest milk and dairy products. We’re totally independent and family-run which always endeavours to provide the best service as well as the best products.