#25 – Münster
Münster cheese facts:
- Münster, also known as Münster Géromé is a soft washed rind cheese made from milk produced by cows living in the regions between Alsace, Lorraine and Franche-Comté in France.
- The name Münster is derived from the little town of Munster where Vosgian abbeys and monasteries used to make this cheese since the Middle Ages.
- Traditional Münster is protected by an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) which requires the cheese be made from unpasteurized cow’s milk called crude milk.
- Münster has a strong and powerful aroma.
- Though noted for its pungent earthy aroma when ripe, Münster is considerably milder as a young cheese.
- It is customarily flavoured with wild cumin and formed into disks, approximately 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter and 2 inches (5 cm) thick.
- The exterior is dyed orange, and the interior attains a rich, creamy gold colour as it ripens.
- Münster oozes but, in spite of its softness, is never runny.