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Learn to like this cheese!
Member Name: janharper
Date: 10/03/01, updated on 10/03/01 (126 review reads)
Advantages: Very strong flavour
Disadvantages: Too strong for some
This well known Swiss cheese takes its name from the village where it was first made. It is a hard cheese with a very strong and distinctive flavour. It is certainly not to everyones taste! Best enjoyed with a bottle of fairly heavy red wine and fresh bread.
It is however, the most poular cheese in Switzerland. Its strong flavour and creamy texture make it an excellent table cheese. Perfect for serving after dinner on the cheese board.
Although Switzerland utilises more than a third of its annual milk output for cheese manufacturing and exports just over half of this, more Gruyere is consumed at home than is exported. Sbrinz and Emmental make up the bulk of cheese exports.
Bring out the real flavour of this cheese with a bottle of Chardonay. If you haven't tried this particular cheese before remember that you have to learn to like it, the same way as you learn to like red wines. Buy in small quantities if you aren't sure as this has a very distinct and strong flavour.
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