Cheesy Christmas 9: Frais des Garigues

Cheesy Christmas 9: Frais des Garigues

There was no doubt as to whether or not this cheese would be a hit, after all, it’s goat cheese and that always goes down well in our house!

Timo is the biggest goat cheese fan, but the rest of us don’t have to have our arms twisted either…


“Garrigues” is a French word that refers to lowlying “scrublands”, places where primarily only low-growing shrubs are found in abundance. It’s generally well accpeted that the garrigues are associated with the limestone cliffs of southern France and in the Medterranean basin. The areas are prone to drought in the summer and constanly buffeted by winds off the sea.

The word has found its way into cuisine as referring to the flavours that typify the region.

How so?

I’ll get into that in talking about today’s cheese… but just think of what low-lying, shrubby plants grow in drought-like conditions.

Day #9: Frais des Garrigues

  • Name: Frais des Garrigues
    Essentially, the name means fresh Garrigues cheese. I said above that it’s named after the low shrubby growth typical of the region. Specifically plants like thyme, rosemarry, juniper, broom and stunted pine. As the goats roam this kind of pasture-land, their diet can’t help but flavour their milk ever so slightly.
  • Region: Alples de Haute Provence.
  • Milk: Pasteurized Goat’s milk
  • Our Score: 4.7/5
    No surprise, but this cheese absolutely delighted us. It was deliciously creamy and melted in your mouth. I’m not sure that we could identify the individual flavours that derive from the plants listed above, but all in all there was a hint of woody-herby goodness. We LOVED this cheese.

Cheese quote of the day

I read the following cheese quote by American comedian Dennis Miller:

“Washington D.C. is to lying, what Wisconsin is to cheese.”

At first I didn’t really get the quote and had to dig deeper, only to find out that Wisconsin is one of the biggest cheese-making states in the union. In fact, I saw a 2019 infographic from that made the following claim:

“If Wisconsin were a country, it would rank 4th in the world in terms of cheese production.” (Between 5th ranking Italy and 3rd ranking France, in terms of pounds produced)

Who knew!?

Happy Cheesy Christmas….
See you tomorrow for cheese #10

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