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The origin of cheese reaches to the time before rise of ancient civilizations of Rome, Greece and even Egypt. With such a long history, it is not strange that it has managed to evolve into so much types that we can encounter everywhere around us.
There are few cheeses that can have managed to reach popularity as Cheddar, which has managed to expand from South West England over last 800 years and become cheese staple of modern cuisine. Read more about history of cheddar cheese.
Italy is the homeland of many cheeses that are popular today and are eaten all around the world, including legendary Parmigiano-Reggiano that is known outside Italy as Parmesan. Find out more about Parmesan history here.
History of famous French camembert started fairly recently in the last 200 years, covering not only natural expansion of cheese all around the world, but also its quick popularization during World War I.