Cheddar is one of the most popular cheeses in the world. Where does it come from? Cheddar is a small town, really a large village, to the south of the Mendip Hills in Somerset, England. Nearby is the Cheddar Gorge, which gave its name to a cheese that has now become world famous.
Originally, the cheese had to be produced within 30 miles of Wells Cathedral to be classed as “Cheddar cheese”. This cheese has become so popular that is now made all over the world, but there are still a few farms in Somerset where “true” Cheddar cheese is made. Cheddar’s other industry is the growing of strawberries.
For this reason, the two are often served together. For example, try a salad of baby lettuce, strawberries, fresh basil leaves and shavings of Cheddar, dressed with a lemon vinaigrette.
Cheddar is the most popular cheese in the UK. In Americal it is second to mozzarella. Cheddar was first made in or before the twelfth century.
The biggest recorded Cheddar cheese ever made was produced for Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840. It weighed 11 cwt and used the milk from 737 cows. The monster cheese was made by the farmers of the villages of East and West Pennard, near Glastonbury in Somerset, as a wedding present for the royal couple.
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