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Munster

Munster
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  • Made from unpasteurized cow's milk

  • Country of origin: France

  • Region: Vosges, Haut-Rhin, Bas-Rhin

  • Type: soft, smear-ripened

  • Fat content: 45-50%

  • Texture: creamy, smooth and sticky

  • Rind: washed

  • Colour: white

  • Flavour: savory, tangy

  • Aroma: stinky, strong

  • Vegetarian: no

  • Alternative spellings: Munster-géromé, Munster gerome, Munster fermente

Munster, also known as Munster Géromé is a soft washed rind cheese made from milk produced by cows living in the regions between Alsace, Lorraine and Franche-Comté in France. The name Munster is derived from the little town of Munster where Vosgian abbeys and monasteries used to make this cheese since the Middle Ages.

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Traditional Munster is protected by an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) which requires the cheese be made from unpasteurised cow's milk called crude milk. The soft and creamy cheese also comes flavoured with cumin and tastes best when accompanied with a good beer. As with washed rind cheeses, Munster have a red coating on the rind that is slightly humid due to repeated washings. Other than protecting the cheese, the rind is also responsible for a strong, penetrating aroma and tangy taste.

The best Munster cheeses are produced in the summer and autumn when the cows graze on the 'high stubble' of the Vosges. This cheese has a very high fat content of 45-50%. Gewurztraminer or full-bodied red wines nicely complement Munster. If you're a potato and cheese lover try Munster with potatoes, salad and finely chopped onions.

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