Sunday, February 19, 2006

Roquefort cheese

On August 31st, 1666, Roquefort cheese acquired its "lettres de noblesse" (letters patent of nobility) once and for all. Indeed, a ruling of the Parliament in Toulouse decreed that only the cheese coming from the natural caves of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon was genuine. Therefore, any cheese coming from any other place was declared counterfeit.

5 Comments:

Blogger Andreea said...

oh my god, so much cheese. i can not resist cheese :)

10:41 AM  
Blogger bob said...

Lovely photo. I thought Roquefort had blue bits in it.

3:14 PM  
Blogger San Francisco Daily Photo said...

I didn't know the history, thanks Arnaud!

Manuel

PS: this is another item for my shopping list to you, of course. ;-)

7:07 PM  
Blogger geneline said...

Est-ce vrai que le Roquefort expédié dans les différentes régions de France n'est pas au même "stade", plus bleu pour les Parisiens, plus blanc pour les Marseillais? Pas vu de différence notable entre celui que nous avons ici, (à San Francisco) à marque égale, et celui de Paris.

7:16 PM  
Blogger bcinfrance said...

Roquefort-sur-Soulzon is in Aveyron. Legend has it it was created when a shepherd abandoned his ewe's milk cheese lunch in order to chase after a pretty shepherdess. When he came back, it was moldy and blue and thus Roquefort was invented. The cheese must be aged in the village of Roquefort but the milk can come from a much larger area. It looks like I'll have to continue this subject on my blog because this is getting a little long!

2:06 PM  

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