food/drink The Best Cheeses of France

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French cheese. A list of the best cheeses from France. With its countless textures, flavors, and recipes, cheese is one of the most diverse types of food in the world. Even its chief ingredient, milk, can come from a wide variety of animals, including cows, goats, sheep, and even buffalo. Unlike east Asia, where lactose intolerance is much more common, cheese is a staple of the western diet with such iconic dishes as grilled cheese, mac and cheese, and best of all... cream cheese frosting. Cheese and its saturated fat may contribute to heart disease; that said, it may actually strengthen tooth enamel with its protein, calcium and phosphorus. While this list may focus on cheeses from one particular country, they are probably sold world-wide and may even be down at your corner store.
Comté cheese is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cheeses of France
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Comté cheese


Comté is a French cheese made from unpasteurized cow's milk in the Franche-Comté region of eastern France. Comté has the highest production of all French AOC cheeses, around 40,000 tonnes annually. The cheese is made in flat circular discs, each between 40 cm and 70 cm in diameter, and around 10 cm ...more

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Brie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cheeses of France
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Brie


Brie is a soft cow's milk cheese named after Brie, the French region from which it originated. It is pale in color with a slight grayish tinge under a rind of white mold. The whitish moldy rind is typically eaten, its flavor depending largely upon the ingredients used and its manufacturing ...more

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#1 on The Best Soft Cheese

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Munster cheese is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cheeses of France
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Munster cheese


Munster or Munster-géromé, is a strong tasting, soft cheese made mainly from milk from the Vosges, between Alsace, Lorraine and Franche-Comté in France. Munster is derived from the Alsace town of Munster, where, among Vosgian abbeys and monasteries, the cheese was conserved and matured in monks' ...more

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#2 on The Best Semi-Soft Cheese

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Tomme de Savoie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cheeses of France
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Tomme de Savoie


Tomme de Savoie is a variety of Tomme cheese from Savoie in the French Alps. It is a mild, semi-firm cow's milk cheese with a beige interior and a thick brownish-grey rind. Tomme de Savoie, like most Tommes, is usually made from the skim milk left over after the cream is used to make butter or ...more

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#43 on The Very Best Cheese

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Livarot cheese is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cheeses of France
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Livarot cheese


Livarot is a French cheese of the Normandy region, originating in the commune of Livarot, and protected by an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée since 1975. It is a soft, pungent, washed rind cheese made from cow's milk. It is both beloved and reviled for its earthy aroma, which has been described by ...more

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#58 on The Very Best Cheese

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Fromager d'Affinois is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cheeses of France
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Fromager d'Affinois


Fromager d'Affinois is a French double-cream soft cheese made from cow's milk. It is produced by the Fromagerie Guilloteau company. Fromager d'Affinois is similar to Brie in production, appearance and flavour. Unlike in Brie production however, before cheese making the cow's milk undergoes a process ...more

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Roquefort is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cheeses of France
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Roquefort


Roquefort is a sheep milk blue cheese from the south of France, and together with Bleu d'Auvergne, Stilton, and Gorgonzola is one of the world's best known blue cheeses. Though similar cheeses are produced elsewhere, EU law dictates that only those cheeses aged in the natural Combalou caves of ...more

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#25 on The Very Best Cheese

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Neufchâtel cheese is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cheeses of France
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Neufchâtel cheese


Neufchâtel is a soft, slightly crumbly, mould-ripened cheese made in the French region of Normandy. One of the oldest cheeses in France, its production is believed to date back to the 6th century. It looks similar to Camembert, with a dry, white, edible rind, but the taste is saltier and sharper. It ...more

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