Exploring the delicious and smelly cheese of Europe

If you ask someone to name the first smelly food that comes to their mind, many people would probably say “cheese.” And boy, would they be right. Many types of cheese not only emit a powerful odor, but they can also leave you with halitosis. Your mouth is teeming with bacteria, and these organisms, like humans, have to eat. Unfortunately for you, bacteria also dispose of waste, which causes your bad breath. Milk, cheese and other dairy products contain their own types of bacteria and active cultures that interact with the organisms in your mouth, causing halitosis.

However, while alcohol-free mouthwash can get rid of bad breath after consuming any type of cheese, some are certainly more pungent than others. For example, some of the worst-smelling cheeses are located in Europe. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest offenders.

Now that’s one smelly bishop
If you travel to England you can find a cheese with a name that says it all – the stinking bishop. According to Hotel Club, this cheese is made from pasteurized Gloucestershire cow’s milk and is soaked in something called stinking bishop pear juice. It is then set to mature for six to eight weeks before it truly starts to live up to its name.

People who have been in the presence of this cheese have described it as smelling like old, rotten gym socks. In fact, the powerful odor of stinking bishop was thrown into the spotlight in the 2005 animated movie “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” In the film, Gromit uses the cheese to revive Wallace after he has fainted. Still not convinced that this snack has one of the most pungent odors? In 2009, a panel of experts named it the worst-smelling cheese in all of England, a land known for its smelly dairy products.

So why do people put up with the powerfully unpleasant stench of this snack? According to the news source, the smell is only in the rind. Once removed, some truly delicious cheese can be enjoyed. However, rind or no rind, you’ll still need to use some alcohol-free mouthwash to get the smell of cheese out of your breath.

More common smelly cheese
If you’re interested in something a little less radical, try limburger cheese from Germany. This is one of the most popular stinky cheeses, which is fermented using the bacterium Brevibacterium linens. If this cheese sounds familiar to you, it’s because Brevibacterium linens is one of the bacterium responsible for the smell the human body emits. That’s why people compare the cheese’s smell to feet.

However, if danger is your middle name, Roquefort cheese from France would be your game. This pungent snack was banned for years in Australia and New Zealand not because of its powerful smell, but because the milk used to make it is not pasteurized. This increases the risk of Listeria infection, which can be deadly. But if you feel like living on the edge, the French cheese guide recommends pairing this creamy cheese with nuts and figs and a sweet red wine.

Finally, let’s talk about the cheese that smells so bad that some people have claimed it sends their dogs running away when they open it, according Yahoo! Voices. It’s called Morbier and it’s also from the stinky cheese-loving country of France. Don’t let the off-putting smell fool you though, as many people swear the food’s nutty flavor is worth the atrocious odor.

So feel free to try all of these delicacies, just be sure to keep some specialty breath fresheners handy to knock out the halitosis that will follow!

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