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May 11, 2022 2 min read

Cheese has been around for thousands of years, with all that history there are amazing facts about cheese we bet you didn't know!

Want to learn more? Click on the highlighted titles to learn more about each fact!

1. Cheese existed before written language did.

Ancient cheese strainers found in Poland suggest it dates back to at least 7,500 years ago. And murals found in Egyptian tombs from 4,000 years ago show cheese and the art of cheese making. 

2. Some scientists believe that regularly eating Roquefort blue cheese helps people live longer.

Their study suggested that the cheese helps to improve cardiovascular health and may explain why French women have a longer life expectancy than others. We love to hear that Cheese Makers and eaters live longer!

3. A Wisconsin law used to require restaurants to serve cheese with every meal.

The law was around from June of 1935 to March of 1937, and required all restaurants to serve cheese and butter with meals. No wonder why Wisconsin is known for their cheese!

4. A 2005 study found that eating cheese 30 minutes before bed helps you sleep better.

Tryptophan, an amino acid in cheese, has been shown to reduce stress and help induce sleep! And cheddar cheese, the study found, can often help you dream of celebrities.

5. There are about 2,000 varieties of cheese. 

We would like to thank the cheese gods for giving us so many different DELICIOUS options! We have 7 of these 2,000 varieties available to make yourself!

6. Queen Victoria (1819—1901) was given the greatest wedding gift of all: a giant wheel of cheddar cheese that weighed over 1,000 pounds.

Now we have shared this fact before on our website and across our social media, but we love it! Imagine getting a wheel of cheddar like this for your birthday...

7. The biggest and heaviest cheese ever produced weighed 57,518 pounds, and was 32 feet long.

It was cheddar, and came from a Canadian cheese maker who used 540,000 pounds of milk to make it.

8. A 2015 study suggested that the holes in Swiss cheese may be caused by flecks of hay dust that fall into milk buckets... Maybe...

So, in a way, those holes in Swiss cheese could be there because of dirty milk. And scientists have theorized that we've been seeing fewer holes in Swiss cheese because the milk is cleaner. Previously, the holes in Swiss cheese were thought to be caused by bacteria — and this theory still exists.

9. Cheese wheels exist for a reason

Traditional European cheesemakers realized they could roll their wares around instead of trying to carry it all. Plus, there are a few other benefits: forcing cheese into a tight, round shape produces sturdier cheeses, and cylindrical cheeses are less likely to overripe.

10. People who love cheese are called turophiles. (Hello, my fellow turo's!)

We are proud to call ourselves, turophiles! Join us in enjoying making and eating amazing cheese!

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