Livarot cheese

Livarot is a French cheese of the Normandy region,[1] originating in the commune of Livarot, and protected by an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC)[2] since 1975.

Country of originFrance
Region, townNormandy, Livarot
Source of milkCows
PasteurisedDepends on variety
TextureSoft washed-rind
Aging time6-8 weeks
CertificationAOC, 1975
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It is a soft, pungent, washed rind cheese made from Normande cow's milk. The normal weight for a round of Livarot is 450 g, though it also comes in other weights. It is sold in cylindrical form with the orangish rind wrapped in 3 to 5 rings of dried reedmace (Typha latifolia). For this reason, it has been referred to as 'colonel', as the rings of dried bullrush resemble the stripes on a colonel's uniform. Sometimes green paper is also used. Its orange colour comes from different sources depending on the manufacturer, but is often annatto. The bacterium Brevibacterium linens is employed in fermentation. Production in 1998 was 1,101 tons, down 12.2% since 1996. Only 12% of Livarot are made from raw, unpasteurized milk. Its period of optimal tasting is spread out from May to September after a refining from 6 to 8 weeks, but it is also excellent from March to December.

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  1. Rae, Amanda (20 July 2015). "Aspen Times Weekly: Wheels on Fire". Aspen Times. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  2. Williams, Ingrid K. (18 July 2018). "On the Normandy Cheese Trail". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
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