Cheese Fun Facts - Interesting Facts about Cheese

  • Origins of cheese predate written history, with earliest evidence of it pointing to the 5,500 BC Poland, although historians believe that cheese was first made around 10 thousand years ago when first sheep were domesticated.
  • The word “cheese” is derived from the Latin word for cheese “caseus”. That word is also gave us “casein”, milk protein that is basis of cheese.
  • World’s largest producer and exporter of cheese is European Union, more specifically Germany. On second place of producers is United States, while second biggest exporter of cheese is France.
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  • During Middle Ages, Italy was the European home of the cheese.
  • United States produces 26% of world’s cheese, but they don’t export much of it.
  • First use of word “cheeseburger” was recorded in 1941 in United States.
  • Top cheese consumption per capita per year is located in France, Iceland, Greece, Germany, Finland, Italy and Switzerland.
  • Egyptian tomb murals depict early procedures for making cheese.
  • Milk and cheese provide little over 50% of calcium in adult diets on the west.
  • First Cheddar cheese was created around 1180 in South England. Today this cheese type is most popular in the world.
  • Cheese is best when it is served at room temperature. Some have strong smell, but that should not stop you from trying them because they can have pleasing taste.
  • First cheese factory in the world was established in 1815 in Switzerland.
  • The largest cheese-using fast food company in the world is Pizza Hut. They use over 300 million pounds of cheese each year on their pizzas.
  • Most popular cheeses in France are Emmental and Camembert, Mozzarella in United States, Feta in Greece and Skyr in Iceland.
  • There are over 2 thousand types of cheese in the world, but various regulatory organizations have accepted exact definitions for 400 to 100 of them.
  • First masters of cheese production were Romans and Greeks who created many types of cheese.
  • Cheese became highly popular in United States after Swiss immigrants started organized production in 1840s and 1850s. First mass-production cheese plant of all time was established in 1851.
  • Cheese is rare in Asia, especially in East Asian cuisines.
  • Largest production of cheese in USA is located in Wisconsin and California.
  • United Kingdom stores are selling over 700 types of cheese.
  • Many cultures and religions follow strict dietary laws about the cheeses, how they are made, served and when they can be eaten.
  • Hobby of collecting cheese labels is called tyrosemiophilia.
  • 2.2 billion pounds of cheese was made during 1970.
  • 10 liters of milk is needed to make 1kg of hard cheese.
  • Three fourths of all cheese in Greece is Feta cheese.
  • Cheese is very good for our metabolism if it is eaten in moderate quantities.
  • Most popular milk types for cheese are cow, goat and sheep but some more exotic milk types are also in use, such as moose, buffalo, horse and camel.
  • Average Frenchmen eats around 26.3 kg of cheese per year.
  • 2 to 3 percent of world’s population is truly allergic to milk.