Made from pasteurized goat's milk
Country of origin: United States
Region: Arcata, California
Type: semi-soft, soft-ripened
Flavour: citrusy, herbaceous, tangy
Aroma: floral, goaty, pungent
Producers: Cypress Grove Chevre
Alternative spellings: Humboldt Fog Mini, Humboldt Fog Grande
Humboldt Fog® is a goat’s milk cheese made by Cypress Grove Chevre, of Arcata, California, in Humboldt County. It is a mould-ripened cheese with a distinguishing layer of edible ash. The cheese ripens from the outside to the centre, resulting in a fresh goat cheese centre surrounded by a pungent runny shell. This runny shell will widen as the cheese matures and is considered the best part of the cheese by many. The bloomy mould and ash rind is edible but relatively tasteless. The cheese is creamy, light, powdery, slightly lemony and mildly goaty.
Humboldt Fog is available from a mini 1 lbs. cheese wheel (Humboldt Fog® Mini) up to the large 5 lbs. cheese wheel (Humboldt Fog® Grande).
The cheese won first place at the American Cheese Society in 1998, 2002, 2005 and 2019. Along with many other awards, it won Gold International Cheese and Dairy Awards in 2019 and 2021.