Cheshire is a firm, cow’s milk, English cheese. It is one of the oldest cheeses in England. Named after the English county of Cheshire, the cheese is also produced in produced in the English counties of Shropshire and Staffordshire and in the Wales counties of Denbighshire and Flintshire. It is crumbly and slightly moist in texture with a flavor that is compared to mild cheddar. There are three versions of this cheese and are classified based on color:

  • “White” – This is the original version with no added color or bacteria and accounts for the majority of the cheeses production
  • “Red” – This cheese is colored with annatto giving the cheese an orange color. This has become the most popular version in the United States
  • “Blue” – This version has blue veins throughout the cheese. This version is fairly rare

Country: England / Wales
Region: Northwest England & Northeast Wales
Texture: Firm
Type of Milk: Cow
Aging time: At least 6 months
Pasteurized: Both versions are available