per 100 grams
Carbohydrates 0.6 g
Proteins 23.8 g
Fats 28.2 g
Water 45.5 g
Sugar 0.6 grams
Fiber 0 ug
Ash 2 grams

Port De Salut Cheese

352 Calories per 100g

If you’ve ever strolled along the dairy aisle of your favorite supermarket, you may have come face to face with a seemingly vaguely familiar cheese that looks a bit too much like an unassuming pale yellow sponge. This cheese, you may have noticed is most likely surrounded by rounds of other cheeses and might even have caught your eye for a second before you moved on with your grocery mission. Little do many shoppers know this cheese known as Port de Salut should not be overlooked as it can offer a “je ne sais quoi” to any kitchen, picnic basket, or cheese board.

Port de Salut cheese is a semi-soft, velvety cheese with a creamy texture and a slightly salty, mild flavor that is sadly often overlooked due to its undistinctive appearance. In a competitive world of recently created and ever more exotic cheeses, old-fashioned varieties like Port De Salut can often be overlooked in favor of these new-age options. While interesting and complex varieties might garner most of the attention, let’s not underestimate the subtle simplicity that Port de Salut has to offer.

Originating in the Loire-Sauvage region of France, Port de Salut cheese was developed by the Trappist monks of the French abbey, Notre-Dame-de- Port many centuries ago. At this time, the cheese enjoyed great popularity all over Europe, and still to this day the cheese, “remains popular in the countries of the old European focus, particularly in France and Scandinavia.” While the Trappist monks no longer produce the cheese, their original methods and recipes are still used by the current producers.

Port De Salut cheese is an edible, red-rinded cheese encased in an orange, nuttyy-buttery rind that is edible but may be a bit hard to digest. Its flavor is subtle and very much in line with other Trappist-style cheeses, being simultaneously creamy and delicately salty with just a hint of mellow nuttiness at the end. The cheese melts beautifully and melts fried eggs, omelets, and grilled sandwiches alike. Its semi-soft yet spreadable texture makes it ideal for slicing or crumbling over salads or baked into pastries.

Port de Salut cheese is best enjoyed as part of an array of accompaniments that include but are by no means limited to various local fruits and nuts, charcuterie, and robust breads. When picking wines to pair with Port de Salut, try for a dry sparkling wine, a smooth and slightly sweet Muscat, an aromatic rosé or even an off-dry Riesling.

In conclusion, it is worth celebrating the simple yet complex beauty of Port de Salut cheese, from its well-loved flavor to its humble Trappist origin. Whether you’re melting it on a slice of warm crusty bread or enjoying it with some local fruits and nuts, Port de Salut is a unpretentious Cheese with an Unrivalled Flavor that always stands out and is worth remembering.