Tourree de l'Aubier is a French word which means 'Sapwood' or 'Spruce wood' in English. The cheese is named after this tree because the rings of Spruce wood are wrapped around the cheese when the cheese is young. The Spruce wood rings are collected in the woods of the Jura, in the east of France.
Made from cow's milk, Tourree de l'Aubier is packed in small packages as well as larger versions which have longer ripening period. As soon as the drying time of two to three months gets over, the Spruce rings are wrapped around a fresh loaf of cheese by hand. The interior of this cheese remains soft while exterior gives a pronounced taste as the wood rings are removed only after the cheese loaf is cut and just before the cheese is to be consumed!
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