per 100 grams
Carbohydrates 0.5 g
Proteins 19.8 g
Fats 24.3 g
Water 51.8 g
Sugar 0.5 grams
Fiber 0 ug
Ash 3.7 grams

Camembert Cheese

300 Calories per 100g

What is Camembert Cheese?

Camembert (pronounced cam-ehn-ber-tee) is a creamy, soft cheese from Normandy, France. One of the first “bloomy rind” cheeses to be created back in 1791, it is now one of the most popular soft, white rind cheeses available worldwide. The small, round cheese can range in size from 8 - 12 cm in diameter, depending on its age.

The milk used to make Camembert has a fat content ranging between 35% - 45%. It is made with unpasteurized cow’s milk and has a slightly salty and tangy taste. Camembert is usually ripened for three to four weeks, though there are some made up to five months. During this time, the cheese develops a thick, white rind full of creamy, gooey goodness underneath the surface.

By definition, a Camembert cheese is classified as a soft white rind cheese that is made from raw cow's milk. Camembert is considered a triple-cream cheese, meaning more than 75 percent of its fat comes from milkfat, which can make the cheese sold in the U.S. only with a less than 40 percent fat content rather than the standard of 75 percent fat due to the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance. Camembert is also made with a bacterial culture known as Penicillium Camemberti, giving the cheese its soft exterior and creamy center.

Unfortunately, the original Camembert cheese made in Normandy is no longer made, as the cheese was apparently banned in the late 18th century. However, the Camembert cheese produced in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States today is very similar in flavor and texture to the original.

The rind of the Camembert cheese generally has a dusty, chalky white appearance, though some varieties may be yellowish or even tan. The bloomy rind is made using different strains of Penicillium Camemberti and the surface of the cheese is rubbed with a specific type of bacteria or yeast to develop the fuzzy white rind. The rind of the Camembert plays an important role – not only in flavor, but also in the ripening process. This external ripening creates the distinctive center of creamy, gooey cheese we have all come to love.

Camembert cheese can be served in many different ways. It can be served hot or cold, crumbled over salads or melted onto baguettes. It can be used in cheese plates, omelets and quiches, or it can simply be enjoyed on its own with a crusty French bread and a glass of Burgundy wine.

No matter how you choose to enjoy Camembert cheese, you will love its creamy, gooey center, and its rich and nutty flavor. Camembert is a classic cheese that has been enjoyed for centuries. With its unique flavor and texture, it’s easy to understand why this delightful French cheese has become a favorite around the world.