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7 questions on cheese

Midweek quiz

Judging is under way in the International Cheese Awards in Nantwich, Cheshire. But do you know Camembert from Caerphilly, and your cheese burger from your cheese fondue? Test yourself.

Farm scene made of cheese

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Which one of these countries eats the most cheese per head of population?

Cheese burger, fondu, baked potato and cheese with baguettes and wine (Thinkstock photos)
  1. United States
  2. Switzerland
  3. Britain
  4. France

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Cheddar is Britain's top selling cheese. What's in second place?

Cheeses
  1. Mozzarella
  2. Cottage Cheese
  3. Red Leicester
  4. Brie

3.) Multiple Choice Question

How does Red Leicester - Britain's fourth most popular cheese - get its distinctive deep-orange hue?

Red Leicester
  1. Type of mould added
  2. Type of rennet added
  3. Red vegetable dye
  4. Colour develops as it ages

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Cheshire, one of Britain's oldest cheeses, was eaten in Roman times and gets a mention in the Domesday Book. Which other cheese also features in this 1086 survey?

Woodcut showing milking and cheese-making
  1. Caerphilly
  2. Wensleydale
  3. Cheddar

5.) Multiple Choice Question

True or false: Stilton is the only British cheese with protected name status - an EU system that also applies to champagne, Cornish pasties and Parma ham.

Stilton
  1. True
  2. False

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The term "cheese-eating surrender monkeys" - used to lampoon the French - was widely used in the run-up to the Iraq war. It was coined by The Simpsons, but who said it?

Brie and other cheeses
  1. Bart
  2. Groundskeeper Willie
  3. Sideshow Bob

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Smelly cheeses such as Stinking Bishop - which does what it says on the tin - are also the strongest tasting. True or false?

Smelly blue cheese
  1. True
  2. False

Answers

  1. It's France, tied with Greece at the top of the cheese-eating table. Both nations put away 25-30kg (55-73lb) a person each year, and cannot agree as to which eats the most.
  2. It's mozzarella, with cottage cheese in third place and Red Leicester in fourth. British-made Brie comes in at number 10.
  3. It's a vegetable dye called annatto - extracted from seeds of Aciote trees - also used in Double Gloucester cheese. This practice dates from the 17th Century, when the cheese was coloured to make it look as if it had been made from double cream.
  4. Wensleydale is also mentioned in the Domesday Book. The earliest record of Cheddar dates from 1170, when Henry II bought 10,240lbs (4.6 tonnes) at a cost of a farthing a pound.
  5. It's false - 14 UK cheeses have protected name status, among them Stilton - which can only be called that if it is made in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire or Leicestershire - and West Country Farmhouse Cheddar.
  6. It was Groundskeeper Willie in a 1995 episode when he was roped into teaching French. The term was widely used in 2003 when France opposed American plans to invade Iraq.
  7. It's false. Smell and taste do not always go hand in hand, says Nigel White of the British Cheese Board. Stinking Bishop, for example, is relatively mild tasting, whereas super-strong Cheddars are rarely malodorous.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Who cut the cheese?

4 - 6 : Chalk and cheese

7 - 7 : Grand Fromage

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