Okay, everyone take three deeps breaths because we've just gotten news that Camembert could very well be going extinct.
Bloomberg is reporting that the delicious, gooey, melt-in-your-mouth cheese, which has appeared on many-a-board over the years, could soon be a thing of the past.
While 360 million wheels of the stuff are produced each year, it might be hard to think of how they're going extinct. However, the real deal stuff has to be made to specific and accurate instructions for it to be PDO (French Protected Designations of Origin)-certified.
According to Bloomberg, a PDO Camembert de Normandie "must be made with unfiltered raw milk with a fat content of at least 38 percent that comes from cows from France’s northern Normandy province, fed under strict conditions—grass and hay from local pastures. The milk must be hand-ladled in four or more layers into specific molds. Milk is transported no farther than the distance that cows can slowly dawdle in search of a fresh blade of grass."
Well, remember how we said earlier that 360 million wheels of the cheese are made annually? Only four million of them are the legit thing. Just a tiny iota over one per cent.
But why, you ask?
To put it simply, small cheese-making farms are getting bought out by larger companies who want to make their processes as fast as possible... meaning swapping out raw milk for pasteurised, and anything else that will speed things up, making them 'inauthentic'.
So, unfortunately, the Camembert you're picking up from mass producers, most likely isn't authentic.
Still damn tasty though.