The world of cheese is a diverse and delightful realm, boasting a multitude of flavours, textures, and origins. Amidst this vast selection, one cheese stands out as a pinnacle of culinary artistry and cultural significance. Recently, the record for the most expensive cheese ever took place by the Spanish blue cheese called Cabrales.
This Is The World’s Most Expensive Cheese
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A single 4.8-pound wheel of the semi-hard dairy product, a Spanish Cabrales blue cheese which is matured in the Asturian mountain caverns, sold for €30,000 ($32,408.10), breaking the previous Guinness World Record. It is roughly Rs. 27 lakhs. It’s interesting to note that the previous record, which was achieved in 2019, was also credited to a block of the same cheese.
According to an article by the New York Post, the umami-licious bread spread had been sold to Iván Suárez. The person is the owner of the El Llagar de Colloto restaurant near Oviedo, who said the “passion for the land” and “work of the cheesemakers” inspired him to up the bid. He also bought the previous Guinness World Record-setting cheese.
The laborious method required to make this cheese is a contributing factor to its excessive cost. In the Cabrales region of the Picos de Europa National Park, the producer first ages raw cow’s milk or a combination of cow’s, sheep’s, and goat’s milk for at least four months. The winning cheese aged a minimum of eight months in a cave located at a height of 1,400 metres (4,593 feet).
The activity of microorganisms gives the cheese a harsh, pungent flavour character. In fact, this blue cheese covers enormous slabs of steak, Cheesesteak Philly.
But, What Is The Spanish Cabrales Blue Cheese?
Hello Frens, cheese of the week: Queso de Cabrales
AKA Spanish Blue Cheese, or simply Cabrales pic.twitter.com/taovVIpkkn
— SirWilliamTheHammer (@SirWilliamTheH) April 14, 2023
Hailing from the Asturias region in northern Spain, Cabrales cheese is a quintessential representation. The cheese combines centuries-old artisanal cheese-making practices, stunning landscapes, and a bold flavour profile that makes it stand out among blue cheeses.
Cabrales cheese, with its striking blue marbling and crumbly texture, is a product of both tradition and nature. What sets Cabrales blue cheese apart is its unique production process. The cheese ages in natural limestone caves that dot the Picos de Europa mountains.
No doubt why, Cabrales cheese continues to captivate palates and hearts around the world!
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