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Vive le Comté! Vive la France! 🇫🇷 🇫🇷 🇫🇷
As a half Frenchman, I cannot deny my love for cheese. Cheese has been an absolute staple in the everyday lives of French people for centuries. Comté, for example, has been produced since the reign of Charlemagne, over 1,200 years ago! From a culinary & environmental perspective, cheese ought to be savoured, not consumed in enormous quantities. France is home to over 1,200 different varieties of cheese. And long may that be the case!
In recent months, I have discovered that Comté, like a whole host of other cheeses, are not vegetarian. Many cheeses contain rennet, which is an enzyme that is extracted from the stomach lining of unweaned ruminant calves. They cannot have grazed on grass. The instant they do, the enzymes disappear. This enzyme is crucial within the production of cheese.
These packets – amounting to 3.5 kg / 7.8 lbs - were produced in the mountainous region of the Jura in early September. They then supposedly ‘expired’ in early December 02018. Seeing as the packets look perfect, I will open each packet and treat them on a case-by-case basis. I’m storing them in the larder. On hard cheeses, one can cut off any mouldy sections and still eat the rest, no problem. Hard cheeses are one of those foods that are regularly thrown out far too early. This food waste, to me, is a good indication of how divorced modern society is from agriculture.
When you think about that, it really is quite remarkable. Western civilisation is an agricultural society, with wheat being its key staple. Yet the more I look around and dig deeply into the modern Food System, by becoming so urbanised, we, as a society, have completely lost touch with the absolute basics of agriculture: the very phenomenon that allows us to live as settled societies, as opposed to being nomadic hunter gatherers! Just how long we will be able to get away with this agricultural & ecological ignorance is something we shall discover over the next few decades…
Harvest Day 36:
#Comté #Fromage #France #Diversity #Vegetarianism #DumpsterDiving #FoodWaste #Farming #Organic