French Mimolette, also called "Boule de Lille," dates back to the reign of Louis XIV, who prohibited the import of Dutch cheeses into France. The residents of Flanders (now part of Belgium), the northernmost region of France, had strong cultural ties to Holland (many still speak Dutch as their first language today) and dearly loved the banished Dutch specialties. Their alternatives were to either smuggle in the contraband cheeses or make a go at producing their own - with a French twist, of course! And so, Mimolette was born.
Young Mimolette is a semi-hard cheese that has the same texture and spherical shape as Dutch Edam. It is produced in bowling-ball sized, nine-pound spheres with a bright orange-colored interior and orange wax rind. Its taste is gloriously sweet, yet uncommonly tame for a French cheese. Mimolette Jeune is easy to slice for sandwiches, for melting, or for a snack.
- Made from unpasteurized cow's milk.
- Photo depicts whole 9 lb. form of cheese.
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