When it comes to cheese, there are a lot of options to choose from. But not all cheeses are created equal. In fact, some cheeses are so unique that you need to know about them before you can consider yourself a true cheese lover. Here are seven types of cheese you must know about.

Blue Cheese

Blue Cheese is a cheese type that has been inoculated with mold spores. When the blue mold grows, it creates blue veins throughout the cheese. Blue cheeses have a strong flavor and some types have actual pieces of fungus in their cheese! This makes them very distinct from other types of cheese. In fact, there are actually some types of cheese that are considered to be a sub-type of Blue Cheese. While there are many types of blue cheese, the main two you’ll need to know about are Roquefort and Gorgonzola.

Roquefort

 

Roquefort is a French cheese that has been around since as early as 1070 AD! The flavor comes from the fact that it is allowed to ferment in natural caves. Other important facts about Roquefort include that it has a very strong smell, and eating whole grains with this cheese can help neutralize the flavor. It is typically enjoyed with fruit or salads.

Gorgonzola

Gorgonzola is another blue cheese type that was first created in Italy. As its name does with Roquefort, the word “Gorgonzola” actually means “sour.” This is because this cheese has a very sharp taste. It also tends to have very large blue veins throughout it which are easy to see when you cut into it.

Taleggio

This type of cheese was first made in Italy as well and is a very distinct type of cheese. It is also called Stracchino and is typically shaped like a dome with the edge straight. This cheese has a subtle nutty flavor that becomes much stronger as it ages. When it gets “old,” this cheese usually becomes much softer and starts to develop a very strong smell.

Camembert

Camembert is another type of cheese that was first made in France. This cheese can go through several different flavor changes as it ages, but the flavor largely depends on how long the cheese has been allowed to ferment. The longer it ferments, the stronger its taste becomes. The color and taste of this cheese also become much stronger as it gets older.

Brie

Brie is a soft cheese that originates from France. This type of cheese has a very short aging process, but you can still taste the flavor that comes with age if you eat it after three weeks. The best brie is made in October and November, and the best time to eat it is in March.

Stilton

Last but not least, Stilton cheese is an English type of cheese that has blue veins running through the inside of its white exterior. This gives it a very distinct look and makes it different than other types of blue cheese. This type of cheese was first created around 1730 and is commonly paired with other types of cheese.