Summary: Here are four famous Norman cheeses that we recommend you taste if you’re in France. So if you’re a cheese lover, this post is for you.
This almost sounds like a book title! Well, with more than four hundred kinds of cheese in France we could write a book about French cheeses, couldn’t we? But we’ll just introduce you to four kinds of Norman cheese here, as we spent most of our time in France in Normandy.
If you’re not French, you might need some time to appreciate our cheeses. It took Bassel four trips to France to take the first step and taste a “real” French cheese! Here are tips to not screw up your French cheese experience:
You have to get over the smell and the look of the cheese.
Cheese goes with bread, so you need some good French bread (don’t try to prepare a “French cheeseburger,” for example).
Though we don’t promote alcoholic drinks, you should avoid drinking sodas with French cheeses, since they go much better with wine.
If you like it, be careful not to have it in large quantities (just like drugs). This is because it is quite fatty, and might have the opposite of the desired effect and disgust you in the end.
So here we go…
This Norman cheese is now famous all around the world (we even found some Camembert in Bolivia!) so you probably know it already. A good Camembert shouldn’t be too hard or too soft
Stronger than the Camembert. Very popular in Normandy.
The strongest of these four cheeses, so if you taste several cheeses, this one should be the last one, as we always eat cheeses in order from softest to strongest.
The oldest of the four, this cheese was created in the 6th century. It is the softest, so you should start with it.
All four of these cheeses are made with cows’ milk.
Cheeses in France may seem expensive (from €2 to €3.50), but a portion per person shouldn’t be more than 1/8 of the whole cheese. In France we eat cheese at luch or dinner, at the end of the meal.
There are of course many other kinds of cheese in France, as each region produces its own specific cheeses, and they are all very tasty. So if you’re staying in some place other than Normandy, you can ask people about the local cheeses there.
Note that anywhere you go in France you will find the top 10 cheeses: Camembert, Chèvre, Brebis Basque, Comté, Brie, Emmental, Saint-Nectaire, Cantal, Reblochon, Roquefort.
That’s all, so “Bon appétit”! And remember that going to France without eating bread and cheese is like going to Mexico without eating tacos!