Food, I.M.H.O.

The Moon Is Made Of Mimolette

A boule of mimolette, cut open.
A boule of mimolette, cut open.

If there is a cheese that has a lunar look, then it’s mimolette. A boule of it looks like a craggy cannonball, pockmarked with many uneven holes—a countenance with a controversy.

Its cratered rind, notoriously difficult to put a knife through, is the handiwork of tiny bugs, encouraged to feed on it before being brushed off. The inside, smooth and creamy, is the color of the Sun setting at a Pacific beach.

A hard, cow’s milk cheese, produced around Lille, it’s styled after the Dutch Edam. Legend has it that Louis XIV wanted the cheese dyed orange so as to be distinctly French.

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