The cheese Parmigiano-Reggiano is a large target of organised crime in Italy. From 2013 to 2015 an organised crime gang stole 2039 wheels of it from warehouses in northern and central Italy.
A recent trend in Taiwan is to drink tea made with cheese.
American Cheese is cheese that’s been treated to allow it to melt without breaking apart or becoming greasy like traditional cheese.
In 2008, Italy spent $65,000,000 to bail out the Parmesan cheese industry.
Scientists have successfully created cheese using human bacteria collected from toes and belly buttons.
Casu marzu is the Italian “maggot cheese” – cheese designed to be eaten while it is infested with cheese fly larvae.
Italy’s Credem Bank takes Parmesan cheese from local producers in exchange for cheap loans (charging 3-5% interest, depending on quality) & a fee ensuring the cheese matures properly (2yrs) in the bank vault (cheese is sold if the loan defaults). 430,000 Parmesan wheels ($200M+) are stored there.
Norway had to close a tunnel because it was full of burning cheese.
When blindfolded, people often can’t tell the difference between the smell of Parmesan cheese and vomit.
Traditional cheese makers were so threatened by artificial cheese production that they tried to name it “Embalmed Cheese” to decrease sales. The US government had to step in, and the name was formally made “Processed Cheese” which we still use today.