#9 – Brie

Brie cheese facts:

  • Brie is the best known of the French cheeses.
  • It is named after the French region Brie, where it was originally created. Several hundred years ago, Brie was one of the tributes which had to be paid to the French kings.
  • Brie is produced from whole or semi-skimmed cow’s milk. It is a disc-shaped soft cheese made from cow’s milk that’s covered in semi-soft, white, edible rind.
  • It is normally served for desert. Fruits, good crusty bread, and white wine such as champagne are perfect companions to this cheese.
  • Brie is white and has a soft texture.
  • Louis XVI’s last and dying wish was supposedly to have a final taste of Brie.
  • According to legend, Brie cheese first became famous when it was declared “a delicacy” by France’s Emperor Charlemagne, who reigned from 768 to 814.
  • The term “brie” is considered a generic name for any sort of cheese made in the brie style, however, the names Brie-de-Meux and Brie-de-Melun are covered by what is known as a “protected origin certification,” and can only be used on cheeses made in the Meux and Meuln regions of France.
  • Brie usually comes in a wheel and is covered in a thick white rind.
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