Sage Derby

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Sage Derby
Sage derby cheese.jpg
Country of origin England
Region East Midlands
Town Derby
Source of milk Cows
Texture semi-hard
Fat content 45%
Aging time 1-3 months

Sage Derby /ˈdɑrbi/ is a variety of Derby cheese that is mild, mottled green and semi-hard, and has a sage flavour. The colour is from sage and sometimes other colouring added to the curds, producing a marbling effect and a subtle herb flavour.[1] The colour is formed either by mixing sage leaves into the curd before it is pressed or by the addition of "green curd" from green corn or spinach juice. In the latter case, the flavour has to be created with colourless sage extract. The sage gives the cheese an almost minty flavour. Parsley, spinach and marigold leaves, bruised and steeped before use, can also be included instead of the sage leaves.[2] It is aged for one to three months.[1]

History[edit]

The first production began in the seventeenth century in England. Sage Derby was initially only made for festive occasions such as harvest time and Christmas, but it is now available all year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cheese - Juliet Harbutt. p. 170.
  2. ^ Ward, Artemas (1911). The Grocer's Encyclopedia. p. 123.