Photograph of a Green's Cheddar


Map of Great Britain showing the location of West Penard, Somerset

A full flavoured, moist cheddar with a
slightly sharp edge.

Made using cows' milk Made using unpasteurised milk Suitable for vegetarians

Although cheddar for most people is the second name for cheese, few of them will have tasted the real farmhouse version. In fact there are less than 20 farms in the West Country making the cheese and only a small number of these use unpasteurised milk. Happily though, production of this type is once again on the up, due to the growing intolerance of plastic-wrapped cheddar imitations.

Cheddar was considered a luxury in the 17th and 18th centuries and at the turn of the 19th Century. However, due to the work of Joseph Harding and with the invention of the cheese mill, production volumes increased, making cheddar available to everyone. Joseph Harding was considered by many to be the forefather of modern farmhouse cheddar production. He experimented with many methods before finding the one that has now become the benchmark for all cheddar makers. Traditional cheddar owes its consistency to a process known as cheddaring. This is when the curds are slowly drained to remove as much moisture as possible, giving the resulting cheese a smooth closed texture cheese that shouldn't crumble when cut.

Traditional cheddar making was once a huge industry in the South West. In 1939 514 farms in this region were registered as making cheddar. During the Second World War, all the milk produced was sent to factories to make 'Government Cheddar', and commercial production of other cheeses was not possible. After the War, production of farmhouse Cheddar had dropped considerably and by 1974 the number of farms was down to just 33.

Green's cheddar comes from one of farms and has been making farmhouse cheddar for three generations. Mr Green uses milk from his own Fresian herd to make the cheese that has been a celebrity on several occasions. His cheddar was enjoyed by the Queen during the Silver Jubilee celebrations. Also, in 1989, the Greens recreated a giant half-ton cheddar which was made for Queen Victoria on her wedding day. At that time, the Queen was 'not amused' by the cheese, and complained of lack of taste. Fortunately, Mr Green's cheddar went down a lot better at the 'Food and Farming Year' celebrations.

Green's cheddar is made with full-fat (48%) unpasteurised cow's milk using vegetarian rennet. A very versatile cheese, it has a wonderfully full flavour that makes it perfect for the cheeseboard. Enjoyed by the locals in Somerset with bread and cider, it can also be accompanied by a full-bodied red wine.

Each cheese is approximately 25kg in weight, and comes in a drum-shaped truckle, measuring roughly 35cm in diameter and 25cm high. It is matured in bandages of buttered cheese cloth, which are removed to reveal a tough rind. In fact the rind used to be used for teething babies. The paste has a firm, closed texture. There is a sharp tang to the flavour, and the smell of a freshly cut cheese is simply wonderful.

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