These Are The 3 Most Expensive Cheeses In The World
Cheese and wine
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Compare that to the measly eleven pounds of cheese the average American had back in 1970 and it’s obvious we’ve all become a little bit cheese crazed. Myself included. But it’s not just the quantity of cheese that’s changed.
The types of cheese we are eating are changing as well; Italian style cheeses (mainly mozzarella) are the most popular cheeses—thanks in large part to pizza’s growth in popularity. In America, our second most popular cheese is cheddar, and third place goes to ‘American’ or processed cheese, though that category is steadily losing popularity according to 2018 USDA dairy data.
But what about the most expensive cheeses?
What are the most expensive cheeses in the world? And what justifies the price tag attached to these expensive cheeses? Before I get to those three most expensive cheeses, allow me to provide a bit of context.
My fascination with cheese began last fall out in Palm Springs, California while at the EY Strategic Growth Forum , where I interviewed third-generation cheese entrepreneur Neal Schuman of Schuman Cheese .
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I asked about him about his favorite cheese and, after flying back home, I stopped into my nearest Whole Foods to purchase a small wedge of it. The instant I bit into that creamy, slightly nutty, sweet, aged Gruyère, I knew I had been eating cheese wrong my entire life.
Prior to that, I only ate the most popular cheeses in their most popular forms (i.e., mozzarella on pizza, mass produced cheddar on a cracker, etc.)
It opened my eyes and set me off on a quest to learn about all sorts of cheeses, including the following three most expensive cheeses, the last of which is so rare it isn’t even available on the open consumer market.
Wyke Farms Cheddar
At $200 per pound, Wyke produces the most expensive cheddar cheese. It has been produced by the Wyke family farm in Great Britain since the 1860’s, and is described as tangy, full-flavoured, taking 12 months to reach its peak. Despite the price tag, it’s Wyke’s most popular cheese.
White Stilton Gold
The brainchild of Long Clawson Dairy located in Leicestershire, England, their white stilton gold was produced as a holiday exclusive. At $400 per pound and as the name suggests, this soft white cheese—a lesser known cousin to the ubiquitous blue cheese—is made using actual gold.
Priced at a staggering $600 per pound, this crumbly white cheese is not even available on the commercial market, with its high cost attributed to the considerable time and resources needed for production. While most cheeses are made using cow, goat or sheep milk, this cheese is made from the milk of a Balkan donkey, native only to Serbia and Montenegro, and requires 25 litres of milk to produce just one kilogram of Pule.
If you’re interested in the fascinating science and history of cheese, plus how to buy, store and pair your cheese like an expert, I suggest my you read my short-and-sweet new cheese guide available via Pocket Guide Club .
The most expensive cheeses in the world cost $200, $400 and a staggering $600 per pound.