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Time to celebrate National Cheese Day soon with these top 10 favourites

National Cheese Day falls on the 4th June 2023 and the best way to celebrate is with this curated list of the top 10 favourite types

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By Yashna Balwanth | May 31, 2023 | Recipes

Whether you prefer soft or hard, aged or fresh, stinky or not, there's no denying that cheese is a much-loved food staple to many. It’s no wonder that it has a day of its own to allow us to celebrate and indulge. A recent survey by Taste Atlas found these to be the most popular cheeses:

10. Camembert

Camembert, made from cow's milk, has a soft, creamy interior while its exterior is covered with a white, mouldy rind. When ‘ripe’, it has an intense, pungent smell and flavour.

9. Gorgonzola

Gorgonzola, aka ‘stinky cheese’, was first produced in 879 AD in Gorgonzola, a town outside Milan. Made with cow's milk and distinguished by a blue marbling of mould, the blue veining is created by inoculating the milk with penicillin spores.

8. Paneer

Paneer is made from cow's or water buffalo's milk and has a soft, crumbly texture. It has origins in India and Bangladesh and dates back to 6000 BC. It is often used in curries and, unlike most cheeses, does not involve rennet in the production process, making it vegetarian friendly.

7. Brie

Brie is a soft French cheese made from cow's milk. It has a delicate rind covered in white mould. It is important to let Brie reach room temperature before eating to fully appreciate its flavours.

6. Gouda

Gouda is a yellow/orange, creamy sweet cow's milk cheese from the Netherlands. Its texture ranges from semi-hard to hard and the taste changes with ageing.

5. Parmesan

Parmigiano Reggiano or Parmesan as it is more commonly called, is considered to be among the world's top-quality cheeses. It is made with semi-skimmed cow’s milk and has a hard, gritty texture. Its flavours range from nutty to robust and slightly piquant, depending on how long it has matured.

Parmesan cheese is always well paired with pizzas and pastas

4. Ricotta

Ricotta is a soft cheese made from sheep's, cow's, goat's or Italian water buffalo's milk. Technically it is not a cheese but a creamy curd made by reheating the whey, a by-product of cheesemaking, hence the name ricotta which means re-cooked.

3. Feta

Feta is a Greek cheese made from sheep's milk or a mixture of sheep's and goat's milk and one of the key ingredients in a Greek salad. It is made in large square molds and preserved in wooden barrels filled with brine to keep it fresh and preserve its acidity.

2. Cheddar

Cheddar, a cow's milk cheese, is one of the most popular cheeses in the world and was first produced in Cheddar, England in the 12th century. It is a hard cheese and ranges from white to pale yellow in colour. When young, it has a smooth texture but becomes crumblier and gets a sharper flavour when left to mature.

1. Mozzarella

The top cheese in the world is Mozzarella, a soft, stretched curd cheese made with water buffalo’s or cow's milk. The ancient tradition of making mozzarella dates back to the 4th century BC with the first reference to its name found in a 1570 cookbook.