An Old Legend about Cheese
No one knows who made the first cheese,
but an old legend says that it was an Arabian merchant.
He put his milk in a pouch made from a sheep's stomach
and set off across the desert.
The jouncing of his camel, the desert heat,
and the chemicals in the pouch made the milk separate into curds and whey.
The thick part,or curd,was the first cheese.
Ancient records show that cheese has been eaten for more than four thousand years.
From earliest times it has been considered a very nourishing food.
Americans eat less cheese than people in some countries do,
yet they still consume eight to ten pounds a year per person.
Today cheese is made all over the world. Most cheese is made from cow's milk,
but supply of this milk is greater throughout the world.
Smaller quantities come from the milk of other animals--goats,sheep,camels and even reindeer.