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For centuries, blue cheese has captivated palates with its distinctive flavor and tantalizing blue veins. Blue cheese accounts for a large variety of cheeses that use cultures of edible mold, and these cheeses are a favorite of many. And its history is just as rich and delicious as its taste.
Blue cheese dates back thousands of years, with roots in ancient civilizations like Egypt, Greece, and Rome. It is believed that the natural occurrence of mold in cheese led to the accidental discovery of blue cheese, setting off a remarkable journey of culinary exploration. Gorgonzola is one the oldest of the blue cheeses, created in the 9th century, the cheese didn't feature its famous blue-green mold until the 11th century.
The unique blue veins in blue cheese come from a specific strain of mold called Penicillium Roqueforti. Legend has it that this mold was first encountered in the damp caves of Roquefort, France, where the conditions proved ideal for its growth. These caves became the birthplace of blue cheese as we know it today.
In the Middle Ages, blue cheese gained popularity in Europe. The creation of cheese guilds in the 14th century helped refine the production process and preserve the traditional methods still cherished today. Using the mold culture, milk, and salt as a few of ingrediants, the fermentation process lasts at least 60-90 days before the flavor sets in.
As European explorers embarked on voyages to new lands, blue cheese soon found its way to the tables of different civilizations, adapting it to suit their palates and production methods. Today, blue cheeses like Danish Blue and Cambozola epitomize the global love affair with this delectable treat.
Blue cheese can now be found on cheese boards worldwide and are available at almost any grocery store to be enjoyed... whenever! Its history reflects its appeal as a cherished culinary delight worldwide, and showcases the importance of exploring various methods of culinary production.