Monday, July 27, 2009

Interesting Facts About Cheese

There are over 2000 different varieties of cheese!

The Pilgrims included cheese in their supplies onboard the Mayflower in 1620.

The top five cheese producers in the United States are Wisconsin (more than 2.4 billion pounds annually), California (2.1 billion pounds), Idaho (770.6 million pounds), New York (666.8 million pounds), and Minnesota (629.3 million pounds). These states account for 72 percent of the country's cheese production.

Pizza Hut uses about 300 million pounds of cheese per year.

Founded in 1882, the Crowley Cheese Factory in Healdville, Vermont, is the nation's oldest cheese maker still in operation.

June is National Dairy Month, and the last week in June is National Cheese Week.

Cheese is purchased by more than 98% of British households. The average person eats about 30 grams of cheese per day, with the favorite being Cheddar.

Cheese is one of the most concentrated sources of key nutrients, including calcium, protein, and vitamins A, B12 and D.


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