During olden days, England was the only place where Cheddar cheeses were made. However, many countries all over the world manufacture Cheddar today.
Any cheese producing company or any of the artisan manufacturers in any corner of the world can label the cheese produced by them as 'Cheddar' since it is not protected like other cheese names or brands.
Cheddar cheese, the most widely purchased and eaten cheese in the world is always made from cow's milk. It is a hard and natural cheese that has a slightly crumbly texture if properly cured and if it is too young, the texture is smooth. It gets a sharper taste as it matures, over a period of time between 9 to 24 months. Shaped like a drum, 15 inches in diameter, Cheddar cheese is natural rind bound in cloth while its colour generally ranges from white to pale yellow. However, some Cheddars may have a manually added yellow-orange colour.
Joseph Harding, the "father of Cheddar cheese" who invented modern cheese making techniques described the ideal quality of original Somerset Cheddar as "close and firm in texture, mellow in character or quality, rich with a tendency to melt in the mouth and has full and fine flavour somewhat like hazelnut!"
- Made from pasteurized cow's milk
- Country of origin: England
- Region: Somerset
- Family: Cheddar
- Type: hard, artisan, processed
- Fat content: 9 g/100g
- Texture: compact and crumbly
- Colour: pale yellow
- Flavour: creamy, sharp
- Vegetarian: no
- Producers: Grafton Village Cheese Company, West Country Farmhouse Cheesemakers, Wexford Creamery, Williams Cheese Company , WSU Creamery
Other English cheeses:
Appleby's Double Gloucester, Barber's 1833, Bermondsey Hard Pressed, Blue Wensleydale , Buffalo, Cheshire, Cornish Kern, Coverdale, Crumbly Lancashire , Davidstow 3 Year Reserve Special Vintage, ... show all ... , Davidstow Extra Mature Cheddar, Davidstow Mature Cheddar, Denhany Dorset Drum, Double Gloucester, Double Worcester, Duddleswell, Gloucester, Gospel Green, Hereford Hop, Herriot Farmhouse, Huntsman, Keens Cheddar, Lincolnshire Poacher, Lyburn's Winchester, Marble Cheddar, Marbled Cheeses, Mature Wensleydale, Menallack Farmhouse, Millstone, Muddlewell, Old Harry, Old Winchester, Seriously Strong Cheddar, Spenwood, Sraffordshire Organic, Tasty Lancashire, Tregonwell, Tyning, Wellesley , Wellington, Wookey Hole Cave Aged Cheddar
Abbot’s Gold, Applewood, Burwood Bole , Colston Bassett Stilton, Coquetdale, Cornish Kern, Cornish Wild Garlic Yarg, Cotherstone, Cotswold, Curworthy, ... show all ... , Derby, Devon Blue, Devon Garland, Friesla, Huntsman, Keltic Gold, Lyburn Gold, Lyburn Lightly Oak Smoked, Malvern, Montgomery's Cheddar, Old Ford, Red Windsor, Sage Derby, Sharpham Rustic, Sharpham Rustic Chive & Garlic, Sharpham Savour, Stoney Cross, Ticklemore
Burwash Rose, Capra Nouveau, Cardo , Chorlton Blue Cheshire, Cornish Blue, Cornish Crumbly, Cornish Smuggler, Cropwell Bishop Blue Stilton, Exmoor Blue, Francis, ... show all ... , Harbourne Blue, Innes Brick, Kirkham's Lancashire, Little Colonel, Loddiswell Avondale, Lyburn Garlic and Nettle, Marbled Cheeses, May Hill Green, Miss Muffet, Ogleshield, Oxford Blue, Ringwell, Stichelton, Stilton, Tilly Whim, Trelawny, Waterloo, Wigmore
Baron Bigod, Bartlett, Bath Blue, Bath Cheese, Beenleigh Blue, Blacksticks Blue, Bosworth, Buxton Blue, Capricorn Somerset Goats Cheese, Cornish Brie, ... show all ... , Cornish Pepper, Cote Hill Blue, Cranborne , Cremet , Delamere Goats Cheese Logs, Dorset White, Dorstone, Doublet, Dumpling, Emlett, Finn, Flower Marie, Golden Cross, Innes Log, Little Rydings, Old Burford, Ragstone, Sharpham, Sharpham Elmhirst, Shepherd's Crook, Somerset Brie, Stawley, St Jude, Sussex Slipcote, Tunworth, Tymsboro, Yorkshire Blue
fresh soft cheeses:
Cerney Pyramid, Childwickbury, Creamy Lancashire, Olde York, Perroche, Sleightlett, Vulscombe, Windrush Cheeses