#23 – Limburger
Limburger cheese facts:
- Limburger is a semi-soft, washed rind cheese that originated in the historical Duchy of Limburg, now divided among three countries; Germany, Belgium and Netherlands.
- The cheese is popularly known for its stinky aroma which has been compared to foot odor.
- Today, most of the cheese is exclusively made in Germany, making them the sole producers in Europe.
- Artisanal cheese makers prepare this cheese from pasteurized cow’s milk sourced from local, organic farms. As a result, the flavor of the cheese is mild despite the stinky aroma.
- This cheese gets more pungent with age. When the cheese is very young, up to one month old, it is firm, crumbly and salty, much like Feta cheese. At six weeks, it is softening on the corners but still has a firm center that’s salty and chalky. At two months, the core is almost gone and the body is smooth and creamy. At three months or more, it’s developed an intense smell and flavor; it’s spreadable, pungent and almost bitter.