The Mold in Bloom

Know where cheese comes from? It comes from mold. So don’t get all freaked out if there’s some powdery white fuzz on your St. Andre. Be grateful that your cheese has been treated so carefully and presented to you in such a state of freshness that it still has its “bloomy rind,” courtesy of our friend Penicillium camemberti, says cheesemonger. Too often, the cheese is suffocated under plastic, turning the rind slimy and brown.

Another mold, Brevibacterium linens, produces an orange-colored “washed rind,” like that of Époisses and Cowgirl Creamery’s Red Hawk. The latter has some red streaks in the rind, says maria lorraine, hence the name.

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