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Mimolette / Boule de Lille

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Country: France
Region: Nord Pas-de-Calais
Texture: Firm to Hard
Type of Milk: Cow
Aging time: 2-24 months
Pasteurized: Yes

Mimolette is a pasteurized cows milk cheese, produced in the Nord Pas-de-Calais region in northern France that closely resembles the shape, size, and look of a melon. In fact, this cheese is produced by the same process of Dutch Edam.  There are many arguments as to where this cheese was originally produced. Some argue that Mimolette originated in Holland whereas others insist it was founded in France. During the reign of Louis XIV, it was illegal in France to import cheeses from Holland. One theory is that the French from Normandy developed this cheese as a result to their cultural ties to Holland. The cheese is bright orange in color with a natural, dusty looking rind. Its texture varies from firm to hard the flavor most closely resembles the sharp and tangy flavors of a well-aged cheddar. The cheese also carries the name “Boule de Lille” since the cheese originates from the town of Lille. This cheese is classified into four different categories based on its aging time:

1) Mimolette Jeune (aged 2 months)
2) Mimolette demi-vielle (aged 6 months)
3) Mimolette vielle (aged 12 months)
4) Mimolette tres vielle (aged 18-24 months)

 
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