Our Featured Gourmet Soft Ripened Cheese
Neufchatel comes in a variety of shapes, such as squares, cylinders and hearts. It is said that the heart shape as due to the young women of Normandy at that time who wanted to express discreetly their feelings to the English soldiers during the wars in the Middle Ages.
Neufchatel AOC is a traditional, soft-white, table cheese, made from pasteurized cow's milk and this gourmet cheese originates from northern Normandy. Some claim it is the oldest Normandy cheese. It has the aroma and taste of mushrooms. The rind of this cheese is dry and velvety, while the paste is firm but supple. Unlike other soft cheeses with a white-rind, Neufchatel has a grainy texture. read more...
Browse our great selection of International Gourmet Soft-Ripened cheeses. Soft-ripened cheeses (also called surface-ripened or bloomy cheeses) are ripened from the outside in; they are soft and often runny at room temperature. The most common soft-ripened cheeses have a white, bloomy rind that is sometimes flecked with red or brown. The rind is edible and is produced by spraying the surface of the cheese with a special mold, called penicillium candidum, before the brief aging period. Soft-ripened cheeses can be made with raw or pasteurized milk, but the ones made with pasteurized milk cannot be imported into the US due to the USDA required 60 days maturation time. Cheeses in the soft-ripened category include brie, camembert styles, and the triple crèmes. Try them and let us know what you think by giving us your opinion in a product review.
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