Neufchâtel – the heart-shaped Normandy cheese
The heart-shaped Neufchâtel cheese is produced in the village of Neufchâtel-en-Bray in the Seine-Maritime department of Upper Normandy. Similar in appearance to Camembert or Brie with an edible and soft white rind. The taste is slightly salty and it has a grainy and crumbly texture. It’s made from cows milk and matured for 8 to 10 weeks. It is one of the oldest cheeses in France and it’s believed that young French women gave it to soldiers during the Middle Ages as a sign of their affection. Nowadays it is often to be found topping a cheese tower for a wedding celebration.