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Sage Derby

  • Made from cow's milk

  • Country of origin: England and United Kingdom

  • Region: East Midlands

  • Type: semi-hard, artisan

  • Fat content: 45%

  • Texture: firm

  • Colour: green

  • Flavour: herbaceous, mild

  • Aroma: herbal

  • Vegetarian: yes

Sage Derby is a variety of British Derby cheese infused with sage to produce a glorious green marble effect and subtle herb flavour. It is England’s oldest and most famous cheese, made only for special occasions like Christmas.

To make this cheese, freshly milled, salted Derby curd and sprinkles of fresh sage are arranged in layers and left to mature for six months. Some dairies blend dried sage with mature, chopped Derby and then repress it again.

It is a semi-hard, delicate cheese with a mild sage flavour and is well known for its versatility. Its natural rind is often dusted with sage. Due to the bright markings, the cheese looks very striking on a cheeseboard. 

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