6 Different kinds of cheese


Do you know what makes goat cheese different from camembert? Most of us don’t.

That’s why our food editor, Ntwenhle Gcabashe is educating us on the differences in the 6 most popular cheeses.


Originating from France and made from cow’s milk, this cheese is soft and creamy with a slightly sour taste. Before serving or eating it, make sure it’s at room temperature. It is covered in mould, so that must not put you off if you’re eating the cheese for the first time. Camembert goes well with fresh baguette or crackers.

2. Goat cheese

Made of 100% goat milk, this cheese is usually soft and has a sweet flavour. It has a strong smell and the longer it’s aged, the stronger the flavour becomes. It can be eaten on its own, but tastes better when added to scrambled eggs, quiche or salad.

3. Cheddar

Originating from Somerset, England, this is one of the most popular cheeses around. Made from cow’s milk, it turns yellow when plant extract Annatto is added to it. The cheese is hard and smooth-textured. It goes well with almost anything. Try it on sandwiches, pizza or enjoy with a glass of wine.

4. Cream cheese

This has a velvety soft, mild taste and the highest fat content. It is made from cow’s milk and must be eaten immediately after purchase as it does not stay fresh for long. It can be used on bread, in salads, as a dip and for cake frosting.

5. Blue

This cheese has a distinct smell and colour from specially cultivated bacteria. It can be eaten by itself, crumbled over food or as a spread. Make sure to eat it within seven days.

6. Mozzarella

Originating from Italy, this cheese is made from water buffalo’s milk. It is semi-soft with a high moisture content. It does not age like most cheeses and has to be eaten immediately. It can be enjoyed in salads, meat dishes, vegetables and pizza.