Cheese Trivia Redux

Our first-ever Cheese Trivia Night was a huge success! Even we unabashed caseophiles (yes, that’s the answer to one of the questions) took advantage of the occasion to dig deep and suss out some seriously nerdy curds of cheese knowledge… Check out some of our favorite questions below and dazzle your friends with your own cheese dork-dom!

Q: What’s the price of the most expensive cheese in the world?
A: Pule, a Balkan donkey milk cheese from Serbia costs $600/pound

Q: What is a lactating female donkey called?
A: A Jenny! And a male donkey is a Jack.

Q: Per person, which nations folks eat the most cheese?
A: Greeks! At 68 lbs/person they far out-eat the Americans and even the French

Q: Can you name the 3 (yes, three) American Presidents who brought in 1000 pound plus blocks of cheese to the main foyer of The White House, then invited citizens to slice off slabs and discuss the issues of the day?
A: Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, and Barack Obama

Q: What is the naturally occurring additive that makes cheddar yellow?
A: Annatto seed

Q: What kind of mold is used for blue cheese?
A: Penicillium Roqueforti

Q: What word can be used to describe a cheese connoisseur?
A: Turophile or Caseophile

Q: What state produces the most cheese in the US?
A: Wisconsin

Q: What cheese has maggots involved in its ripening?
A: Cazu Marzu

Q: What are those crunchy crystals found in some aged cheeses?
A: Tyrosine

Q: When did people start calling each other  “The Big Cheese”?
A: As far back as 1863, cheese was considered synonymous with quality. It’s described in “The Slang Dictionary,” published in 1863, as “anything good, first-rate in quality, genuine, pleasant or advantageous.” People eventually combined “big” and “cheese” to mean a person of big wealth, fame and/or importance.

Q: Why does cheese come in a wheel?
A: So it can be rolled.  Traditional English cheesemakers produced it in wheels for easy transportation.

Q: What country produces the most cheese?
A: The US…unless you count the European Union as a whole, but why do that?

Q: T or F: Wisconsin uses cheese to de-ice roads.
A: T – They so have so much whey, they don’t know what to do with it. They recently successfully tested a combo of whey and rock salt that prevents roads from freezing.

Q: Where is the world’s stinkiest cheese from?
A: Northern France – Vieux-Boulogne, an unpasteurized cow’s milk cheese ruled the electronic nose sensor test.

Q: What is the rarest cheese made from?
A: Moose milk. The moose reside in Biursholin, Sweden at a dairy farm called The Elk House.

Q: Which state produces the most cheese in the US?
A: Wisconsin – followed by California and then Idaho