More about French Mimolette cheese
- Mimolette dates back to the 17th century.
- Legend has it that Louis XIV commissioned cheesemakers to create their version of the Dutch Edam when France suspended Dutch imports during the Franco-Dutch War.
- Aged Mimolette is a cow’s milk cheese typically aged between 18 and 22 months, though it can also be found at younger age profiles.
- The burnt orange color comes from the natural dye annatto, derived from seeds of the tropical achiote tree.
- During the process, cheese mites develop on the rind, aerating the cheese and fostering the development of deep caramel flavors.
- The French refer to these mites as “tiny affineurs” due to their essential role in aging.
- The mites consume bits of the rind, resulting in a distinct, cratered cantaloupe appearance.
- It’s rumored to have been the favorite cheese of French President Charles de Gaulle.