Washed Rind Cheese

These cheeses range from semi hard to soft in texture and can generally be counted on to have strong aromas. Whilst maturing, they are washed or rubbed regularly in solutions such as brine which encourage a different mould to form on the rind, called B-Linens. This mould is characterised by its pink / orange colour and breaks down the cheese to be spongy in texture, making them ideal for melting.
585 - Petit Livarot

Petit Livarot

One of the oldest cheeses from Normandie. Soft and pungent and carries five encircling strips of reed.

Petit Livarot is thought to be one of the oldest cheeses to come from the Normandie region of France. Guillaume de Lorris cites the cheese in the 13th Century poem ‘le Roman de la Rose,’ and it is referred to in Thomas Corneille’s ‘Dictionnaire’ published in 1708. The cheese is named after the town of Livarot in the department of Calvados which held the principal market of the area. It was originally made by Benedictine monks.

Much of the character and flavour of this cheese comes from the ripening process which takes place over 3 months in a series of humid curing chambers, during which time it is periodically washed in brine to encourage the growth of the bacteria that gives the cheese its lovely russet coloured rind and develops its falvour and texture.

Each cheese is bound with five narrow strips of rush , to which Livarot owes its nickname name "the Colonel", due to the similarity to the rank markings on French army officers' sleeves.

Livarot has a creamy, supple texture. The flavour is spicy and intense, especially if the rind is eaten, and the smell is pungent.

The cheese received its PDO status in 1975, which dictates the treatment of the curds during production, and the minimum size of each cheese.

Not for export  PLU: 585
per cheese

Key Facts

  • Country Made In France
  • Type of Milk Cow
  • Vegetarian No
  • Region Normandy
  • Organic No
  • Flavour Pungent and ripe
  • Accreditation PDO
  • Weight 200 g

Store & Serve

Individual cheeses will carry their own Best Before/Use By Date, we endeavour to give a minimum of 7 days from the date the order is despatched

  • StorageKeep refrigerated.
  • Instructions for useServe at room temperature.
  • Recommended DrinkFaugeres


  • IngredientsCows' Milk, Salt, Rennet, Dairy Cultures (Milk)
  • AllergensMilk
  • Nutritional Information
  • Typical Valuesper 100g
  • Energy kJ1158 kJ
  • Energy kcal279 kcal
  • Fat21.0 g
  •      of which saturates 14.0 g
  • Carbohydrates0.40 g
  •      of which sugars 0.40 g
  • Protein22.0 g
  • Salt1.60 g

  • Name & address of food supplierFromagerie de la Houssaye, Fromagerie de la Houssaye 14170 Boissey St Pierre-sur-Dives

These summary details have been prepared for information purposes only. While we have taken care in preparing this summary and believe it is accurate, it is not a substitute for reading the product packaging and label prior to use. Paxton & Whitfield is unable to accept liability for any incorrect information. If you require specific advice, please contact our mail order team on 01451 823460 or email sales@paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk.

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