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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Caerphilly Cheese

Caerphilly Cheese (see below) is a hard, white cheese that comes from the area around the town of Caerphilly in Wales. Although Caerphilly Cheese was not originally made in Caerphilly, it was sold at the market there, and thus took the town's name.

Caerphilly is a nearly white-coloured, crumbly cheese made from cow's milk with a fat content of around 48%. Caerphilly Cheese has a mild taste with a detectable but not unpleasant slight sourness.

Caerphilly Cheese may have been developed to provide the coal miners of the area with an easy way of replenishing the salt lost during their hard work underground and thus became a dietary staple for the coal miners.

The town of Caerphilly holds a three day festival every year to celebrate the cheese.


People who enjoy the cheese may wish to visit the town of Caerphilly and to see its famous castle.

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