#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.