What can evoke the feeling of a French holiday better than a fresh baguette with creamy brie and slices of locally grown juicy tomatoes?
The French take great pride in their cheeses and enjoy tasting the rich variety of flavours that are on offer. If you are only familiar with Brie, Camembert and Roquefort, you may be surprised to hear that France produces hundreds of different cheeses, each with a distinct flavour.
If you are enjoying a holiday in France, you may notice the letters AOC on many French cheeses. AOC stands for Appellation d’Origine Controlee. AOC cheeses can only be made in the region from which they originate. A sign of authenticity, AOC determines many factors of the cheese production process including the breed of animal that the milk comes from, the size, shape, texture and taste of the cheese and the length of time it is aged for.
As more British people have tried new cheeses during their French holidays, the demand has grown. In the past two years, an average of 115,000 tonnes of French cheese a year has been exported to the UK. Having said this, the best place to really get a taste for the variety of cheeses on offer is in France.
If you are joining Carisma for a holiday in France, why not gives some of these AOC specialities a try:
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