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An introduction to the "French Terroir"

Cheeses are influenced by the different climates and landscapes

''France is blessed with a wide range of climates and weather patterns, which greatly influences the types of cheese produced throughout its regions.

The north produces dense-textured cheeses laden with the milk from cattle grazed year-round on lush meadow land.

The eastern regions make cheeses ranging from washed creamy types to Alpine hard cheeses.

As you travel southwards down the (western) Atlantic coast, you find hard crumbly cow's and ewe's milk cheeses as well as blue varieties.

In the warmer south there is an array of small goat's and ewe's milk cheeses, and a few cutting cheeses with flavours that vary from spicy and crumbly to creamy and herbal.''

Patricia Michelson of La Fromagerie