#4 – Gorgonzola
Gorgonzola cheese facts:
- Gorgonzola is one of the oldest blue cheeses, dating back to the year 879.
- It is made from unskimmed cow milk.
- It takes three to four months to become fully ripe.
- Gorgonzola was named after a village that used to be outside Milan but is now inside the city.
- It is often sold in a foil packaging.
- The London Stock Exchange is nicknamed “Gorgonzola Hall” due to the greenish marble used in its interior.
- Gorgonzola was originally aged in caves and its blue veins developed from spores in the caves.
- Italy’s Gorgonzola has two types: Dolce (the less aged type) and ‘mountain.’ Dolce is sweet and creamy while mountain “offers some bite buried in dense, milky paste.”
- It has a strong flavor, is semi-soft, and is a slightly yellow color (except for the veins).
- At one time, Gorgonzola was called “Stracchino” cheese and was used to cure stomach problems during the Middle Ages. It was also thought to prolong life.
- Gorgonzola is usually served at the end of the meal, often accompanied by fruits.