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Various cheeses

Origin[change | change source]

People have been making cheese since before history was written down. It is not known when cheese was first made. It is known that cheese was eaten by the Sumerians in about 4000 BC.[1]

Paneer, a cheese from India being served in Mumbai

Classification[change | change source]

There are many different ways to classify cheeses. Some ways include:

  • How long the cheese was aged
  • The texture of the cheese. These include Hard, Soft and Softer.
  • How the cheese was made
  • What type of milk was used to make the cheese. This is mainly what animal the milk comes from, such as cows, sheep, and goats. The diet of the animal can also affect the type of cheese made from its milk.
  • How much fat is in the cheese
  • What color the cheese is (common colors are yellow, and white)

There are also man-made foods that some people use instead of cheese. These are called Cheese analogues.

Different types of cheese include:

References[change | change source]

  1. "The history of cheese: from an ancient nomad's horseback to today's luxury cheese cart". The Nibble. Lifestyle Direct. Retrieved 2012-02-09.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Cheese at Wikimedia Commons