A view of Cheddar Gorge. Photo: half a world away/Flickr
The folks at Tillamook know a lot about cheddar. Our cheddar is naturally aged and made with the highest quality milk… but we realized that we knew little to nothing about the original big cheese: Cheddar, England. Here are just a couple things we learned about the home to this tasty cheese.
- Cheddar is home to Cheddar Gorge, the largest gorge in the UK. Actually, Cheddar cheese got its name from this gorge, which was used to store and age the cheese as early as 1170. That’s way older than our 100 year old recipe!
- The Cheddar Gorge was also home to Britain’s oldest complete skeleton (aptly named Cheddar Man), estimated to be 9,000 years old.
- Along with its namesake cheese, Cheddar is also known for its strawberry production (do strawberries and cheddar taste good together? Try an Ice Cream Grilled Cheese PB&J!).
- These days, there is only one producer of cheddar in Cheddar.
Now that you know a little bit about Cheddar, test yourself to see how well you Know Your Cheese!