January is always a quiet time in the cheese business, as waistlines expand and belts tighten. For those of us who haven’t started a fad diet, or are still working our way through the remains of the, Stilton we can start to turn our heads to the next ‘cheesey’ event: Valentine’s Day.
Cheese may not be your first thought when it comes to Valentine’s Day but lovers have been giving cheese as a gift for over 500 years.
It all started during England’s occupation of France during the Hundred Years’ War (1337 – 1453). In the region of Neufchatel, French dairy maids, enamoured by their English occupiers, started to make the local cheese into a heart shape. And so the ubiquitous and original heart-shaped cheese was born - all soft, white, bloomy rind and creamy interior.
Since then cheese-makers across the globe have taken to making heart-shaped cheeses for Valentine’s Day.
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