Updated: Sep 21, 2021
If you are here reading this piece of content, then it is likely that you have tried this creamy and nut-like flavored cheese at least once. Maybe you just ate it and didn’t really pay much attention? Well, to provide you with some background and a great deal of info on Swiss cheese, we have gathered 7 interesting facts about it. So let’s dig in:
It's all about bacteria:
Since cheese is made at 21°C, the temperature helps bacteria grow inside its soft structure. So when the bacteria emit gases, the malleable shape of cheese starts getting holes in it due to the pressure of the gas. You can read all about it here.
There are no artificial additives in Swiss cheese. Plus, no genetically modified ingredients or food additives are added in its manufacturing process, making it a 100% product of nature. It’s an ideal choice for people who prefer to eat authentic and healthy food.
Fresh Swiss milk:
Fresh milk is sent to cheese-makers on a daily basis and is turned into delicious Swiss cheese like a clockwork. It takes around 10 liters of fresh Swiss milk for 1kg of cheese that means around 10.3kg of milk makes only 1kg of cheese, now you know why it’s so expensive?
It’s more popular in France than Switzerland:
Cheese is all the rage among Swiss, but many other countries such as Germany, Iceland, and Cyprus surpass Switzerland when it comes to consumption of cheese per capita. Especially the French out of all, eat the most cheese with around 26.8kg per person consumption every year while Swiss are standing at 21.37kg.
More than 450 Varieties:
Did you know the finger-licking Swiss cheese comes in a whopping 450+ varieties? From mild to mature and soft/hard to extra hard, there is a variety of Swiss cheese for everyone’s taste. The main categories of Swiss cheese include; extra hard, hard, semi-hard, soft, cream, and processed and cheese spread. How many have you tried?
Cheese is very close to the heart of Swiss people and closer to its tradition of being produced in villages. Therefore, despite being manufactured in giant factories, some varieties are still made in villages. Each wheel of Swiss cheese is made in small village diaries by hand using the recipes passed through generations. Some of the varieties you buy in Supermarkets come from these villages – ask the sales rep next time, they’ll point you towards it.
What about Fondue?
There is a debate over how and when Fondue was invented, but a piece published by BBC clears up a lot of things. They have discussed two likely theories. One is that its origin goes far back to 800BC, where the mixture of wine, flour, and goat cheese was used with food. The second is that it was made in the 1800s by the peasants living in Swiss mountains in an attempt to save the remnants of bread and cheese from going to waste. Whatever made people of the past invent it, this simple dish has become the most popular food item in Switzerland.
Cheese is one of the things that bring the whole world together, savory foods like Pizza topped with a massive amount of Swiss cheese and other varieties bring out the true flavor that everyone enjoys. If you are also a Swiss cheese fan, leave us a like.