The legend of Roquefort

Roquefort , sometimes spelled Rochefort in English, is a sheep milk blue cheese from the south of France, and together with Bleu d’AuvergneStilton and Gorgonzola is one of the world’s best-known blue cheeses.

The legend of Roquefort whispers that the shepherd boy was sheltering from the rain in one of Roquefort’s damp caves, ready to tuck into his curds and rye bread, when a beautiful woman caught his eye.  The amorous Frenchman chased after her, abandoning his already suspect-sounding lunch.

We never learn the details of the chase – was he successful? Was his love requited? Was it even love?

All we know is that something took a hell of a long time. Our shepherd returned to find his lunch covered in a thick layer of blue-green fungus. Revolted but famished, he ate – and discovered the creamy-crumbly cheese that made Roquefort’s history.

Long Live Roquefort!!!