#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.

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