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Cheshire cheese

A hard cows" milk cheese, thought to be England's oldest. The finest is made by the Appleby family at Abbey Farm, Hawkstone, Nr. Whitchurch, Shropshire. This is made from unpasteurised milk from their farm, aged between 4 to 9 months, and available from good cheese shops throughout the year. They also make Double Gloucester.

Good Cheshire must be made from the milk of cows that graze on soil influenced by salty minerals - these are particularly prevalent along the River Dee and its tributaries.

The French and German's make a cheese called 'Chester' which is intended to resemble Cheshire, but bears only a slight resemblance. See' Gloucester Cheeses'

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