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Cheddar - The King Of Cheeses?

Published: 13/12/2011 10:48 p.m.

Last modified: 13/12/2011 10:48 p.m.

Cheddar cheese is a relatively hard, yellow to off-white, and sometimes sharp-tasting cheese, produced in several countries around the world. It has its origins in the English village of Cheddar in Somerset.

It is the most popular cheese in the United Kingdom, accounting for 51 percent of the country's £1.9 billion annual cheese market, and the second most popular cheese in the United States, behind Mozzarella, with an average annual consumption of 10 lb (4.5 kg) per capita. The United States produced 1,616,690 tons of it in 2010, and the UK 258,000 tons in 2008. The name "Cheddar cheese" is widely used and has no Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) within the European Union, but only Cheddar produced from local milk within four counties of South West England may use the name "West Country Farmhouse Cheddar."