Have you ever heard of Olomouc cheese (Olomoucké tvarůžky)? As its name suggests, this cheese comes straight from the town and region of Olomouc, in the east of the Czech Republic.
Known for its distinctive smell and strong taste, it’s one of the country’s culinary prides. In this article, we tell you everything you need to know about this cheese variety.
What is Olomouc cheese?
In the rest of this article, we explain absolutely everything you need to know about the origins, provenance and history of the famous Olomouc cheese. An article specially dedicated to true cheese lovers.
What are the origins of Olomoucké tvarůžky?
Olomouc cheese is a strong-smelling cheese. Very strong. It may disgust some, especially if you’re not a regular cheese lover. The origins of Olomouc cheese date back to the 15th century. In any case, the first written records mentioning Olomoucké tvarůžky date back to this period.
What are the characteristics of Olomouc cheese?
This variety of cheese is a bit special. It’s a soft cheese that has been aged for some time. It is now part of the local culinary heritage. Produced throughout the region, it eventually took on the name Olomouc because it was more representative. It’s better to aim big to win market share. Today, it’s a real national pride.
What does Olomouc cheese smell like?
For many, the smell of this soft cheese is downright nauseating. Everyone has their own take on the matter. The only thing we know for sure is that it has a powerful smell, so we recommend that you don’t open your box on the train, or you’ll asphyxiate absolutely everyone. A characteristic that makes it so authentic.
What’s happened to this variety of cheese today?
Time has passed and, over the years, the status of Olomouc cheese has become established. However, its existence is increasingly questioned. Many people who don’t live in Olomouc still wonder why it still exists. It does, however, have a protected geographical designation, proof that its production is not about to come to an end.
Where can I buy Olomouc cheese?
Buying Olomouc cheese couldn’t be easier. You can find it at any good Czech cheese shop. You’ll also find it in supermarkets, although the quality is probably not optimal. Finally, we recommend that you visit the local cheese-makers’ cellars to learn more about this jewel of regional gastronomy.