Are you a cheese-o-holic? :) Here are some interesting facts about this popular dairy product that might surprise you...
- Archaeological surveys show that cheese was being made from the milk of cows and goats in Mesopotamia before 6000 B.C.
- The world's largest consumers of cheese include Greece (63 pounds per person each year), France (54 pounds), Iceland (53 pounds), Germany (48 pounds), Italy (44 pounds), the Netherlands (40 pounds), the United States (31 pounds), Australia (27 pounds), and Canada (26 pounds)
- The United States produces more than 25 percent of the world's supply of cheese, approximately 9 billion pounds per year.
- Pizza Hut uses about 300 million pounds of cheese per year!!!
- Someone who sells cheese professionally at a cheese shop or specialty food store is called a cheese monge
- According to the British Cheese Board, Britain has approximately 700 distinct local cheeses. It is thought that France and Italy have perhaps 400 each. The varying flavors, colors, and textures of cheese come from many factors, including the type of milk used, the type of bacteria or acids used to separate the milk, the length of aging, and the addition of other flavorings or mold.