Chevre is a French word for goat’s cheese, i.e. cheese made from goat’s milk. They are popular among the elderly and children, who are more likely to show low tolerance to cow’s milk. Also, goat cheeses are lower in fat and higher in vitamin A and potassium. They serve as a perfect substitute for many dieters. A majority of goat cheeses come from France, the most famous among them being Bucheron, Chabis and Crottin de Chavignol.
Goat cheeses have a unique, tart, earthy flavour that sets them apart from cow milk cheeses. This distinctive tang and aroma of the cheese become stronger as it ages. Milk production of goats, unlike cows, is seasonal from mid-March through October. Only a few kinds of cheese are aged beyond four months, and they cannot be frozen without loss of quality. Considering the availability of limited milk production, experiments are on to make cheeses from frozen goat milk curd.
Goat cheeses come in many sizes and shapes, such as round patties, log-shapes, drum-shaped, pyramids, round loaves, long loaves etc. Chevres are excellent dessert cheeses, often served as snacks or drinks.