Protecting British Stilton - Saving England’s ‘Parmesan’
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“Drink a pot of ale, eat a scoop of Stilton, every day, you will make ‘old bones’” - at least that’s what they said back in the nineteenth century in the historic market town of Wymondham, South Norfolk.
As a cheese distributor, we’re certainly very happy to fly the flag for this delicious ‘King of English Cheeses’ as it’s known, and we’d like to think Wymondham got it right.
After all, you can’t beat a platter of our creamy, blue-veined Stilton, made to an original, traditional recipe, our fine quality Blue Shropshire, (a soft, blue-veined cheese with a distinctive orange colour, a strong flavour and a slightly tangy aroma) and a side helping of our lovely Pear and Vanilla Chutney.
In fact, we’ll drink to it - with a nice drop of red Rioja, a glass of port or a sweet Sauternes wine!
Stilton Sales Have Dropped by 30%
So, it was with sadness we learned only this week, from the Stilton Cheese Makers Association (SCMA) www.stiltoncheese.co.uk, that sales of British-made Stilton have dropped by a staggering 30% of late – a decline attributed to the closure of the food-service sector and dwindling exports brought about by Covid 19. You can read more about it here:
This is bad news, and we share the SCMA’s commitment to encourage consumers to buy British Stilton, and other British-made cheeses, to support the industry, minimise the impact on our dairy farms and ultimately prevent producers going out of business.
Stilton cheese has a long history – first made and sold in the village of Stilton as early as the late C17th and dubbed ‘The English Parmesan’ by writer Daniel Defoe in 1724.
In 1996, British Stilton was given European Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) statushttps://www.gov.uk/government/collections/protected-food-name-scheme-uk-registered-products, which means that it can only be made in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, with producers having to follow traditional recipes handed down through the generations.
It is now the UK’s most popular blue cheese, and we’d like it to wear that crown for years to come.
According to Farming UK, the SCMA is exploring alternative distribution channels such as mail order to get cheese to their customers. Certainly for The Truckle Cheese Company, online shopping seems to be the way forward.
By buying blue cheese from us, or any other British cheese producer or distributor, as opposed to continental blue cheese, you’ll be doing your bit to protect the UK’s cheese-making heritage. Fall in love with the Fruity Blues and order yours below: