Mimolette – the “cheese-mite cheese”

Mimolette is the famous French “cheese-mite cheese” – a term which sends shivers down the spine of the uninitiated and provoked wholly unjustified terror in the case of this journalist for the Kansas City Star!

It’s a round cheese, hailing from the French/Belgium border (near the city of Lille.) Its size is fractionally smaller than a bowling ball and has a rock hard exterior somewhat resembling the craters on the moon. The interior is bright orange, thanks to the addition of annatto – the same colorant also used for gouda.

What’s particular about this cheese is the fact that during the ripening stage, small mites nibble their way inside…  Continue reading “Mimolette – the “cheese-mite cheese””