Brie is a soft cow’s-milk cheese named after Brie, the French region from which it originated (roughly corresponding to the modern département of Seine-et-Marne). It is pale in color with a slight grayish tinge under a rind of white mould. The rind is typically eaten, with its flavor depending largely upon the ingredients used and its manufacturing environment. It is similar to Camembert, which is native to a different region of France.

One should savour Brie bite-by-bite – therefore it’s unnecessary to scoop out half of the wedge, spread the cheese, or create a sandwich. Simply pair a small piece of cheese with a small bite of bread. And yes, you can eat the rind! In fact, it is considered gauche by some to merely scrape the inside of the cheese and avoid the rind.

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