#20 – Camembert

Camembert cheese facts:

  • Marie Harel, created the original Camembert cheese from raw milk, in Normandy, France, in 1971, thanks to advice from Abbott Bonvoust who came from Brie. She gave refuge to this resistance priest and in exchange he taught her the secret for cheese-making from Brie.Those who produce cheese using Marie Harel’s method can legally call their cheese Camembert Normandie under the AOC guidelines.
  • The fresh Camembert cheese is bland, hard and crumbly in texture. Young Camembert has a milky and sweet taste. As the cheese matures it forms a smooth, runny interior and a white bloomy rind that is typical to Camenbert cheese.
  • Camembert is probably the most famous and the most popular French cheese in the world.
  • Normandy produces more than 50 million AOC Camembert de Normandie rounds annually.
  • Salvador Dali’s inspiration for his famous painting “The Persistence of Memory” apparently came from the runny Camembert. At home with a headache on a sunny day, Dali noticed how runny some half-eaten Camembert had become. That evening he dreamt of clocks melting on a landscape.

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