March 05, 2023 2 min read
With St. Patrick's day around the corner, we wanted to highlight Ireland’s dairy industry and, of course, its cheeses! Ireland is a small country with a big reputation for its dairy products. From the creamy butter, you can spread on your morning toast to the sharp cheddar you top your burger with, Irish cheese is renowned for its quality and flavour. But did you know that Ireland has a long history of producing some of the world’s most delicious cheeses? Let’s take a look at a few interesting facts about Irish cheese.
The Origin of Irish Cheese Making
Cheesemaking in Ireland dates back centuries. It is believed that monks from the Boyne Valley introduced cheese-making techniques as early as the sixth century AD. By the late 1700s, there were hundreds of small farms producing artisanal cheeses in Ireland and exporting them around the world. Today, many of those same farms are still producing cheese with traditional methods passed down through generations.
Types of Cheeses Produced in Ireland
There are more than 40 types of cheese made in Ireland today, ranging from soft fresh cheeses to hard-aged varieties. Some popular examples include Cashel Blue (a blue cow's milk cheese), Gubbeen (a semi-soft cow's milk cheese), Ardrahan (a semi-soft cow's milk cheese with herbs and spices) and Blarney Castle (a soft goat's milk cheese). For those who love strong flavours, there are also several smoked varieties such as Smoked Gubbeen and Knockdrinna Gold, both made from cow’s milk.
Irish cheeses can be enjoyed in a variety of ways – grated into salads or melted on top of dishes; spread onto crackers or added to sandwiches; crumbled into soups or served alongside fruit and nuts. The possibilities are endless! To really experience the diversity of Irish cheeses, consider hosting an Irish cheese-tasting party – it’s sure to be an unforgettable event!
Try some lucky cheese today!
Ireland has long been known for its high-quality dairy products, but few people realize just how much variety there is when it comes to Irish cheeses! From hard-aged cheddars to creamy blues and delicate goat’s milk, there is something for everyone in this amazing selection of artisanal cheeses. Whether you enjoy them on their own or as part of an elaborate charcuterie board, we guarantee that one bite will have you hooked on Irish cheeses forever! So what are you waiting for? Grab yourself some authentic Irish dairy products today and discover why they have been beloved for centuries!
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