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Weekly Wrapup: Great Moments In Cheese History

Whoever smelt it dealt it. Whoever denied it supplied it.
Whoever smelt it dealt it. Whoever denied it supplied it.

Cheese may have been discovered accidentally by nomadic Turk tribes in Central Asia when milk stored in a container made from an animal's stomach turned to curds and whey thanks to the rennet in the guts. Rennet refers to the complex of enzymes that all mammal stomachs produce to digest mother's milk. Nowadays, in the vernacular, "cheese" means money. That may have to do with its eons of commercial value. Cheese was already big business by the time of the Roman Empire. Here's what you might have missed this week.


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