Norman cheeses 

Index of the Norman cheeses

The goal of this site is to demonstrate the variety and the quality of Norman cheeses. Unfortunately one of the first problems you must cope with is to determine the exact number of cheeses in Normandy ...

The production has changed a lot during the last ten centuries; many cheeses appeared, evolved, changed their names and sometimes disappeared. Nowadays it can be said that there are at least ten different cheeses in Normandy - and more than twenty if you take into account all the variations.

Here is an extract from a small document published in the city of Rouen in 1933 during the "Fête du ventre" (The Stomach Fair). At that time a dinner was organized in the "Couronne" (the oldest inn in France) where the guests (famous citizens of Rouen) had to write a small poem or a song to glorify the twenty-one Norman cheeses.

Les Fromages Normands (the norman cheeses)
(on the "Ma normandie") theme by R. Girardeau

I

Bondon, Bondart et Triple Bonde,
Petit Gervais et Camembert
Font chaque jour le tour du monde
Entre la poire et le dessert.
Le Pommel, le coeur à la crème,
Savent nous rendre plus gourmands.
Ils méritent tous qu'on les aime.
Amis, chantons les fromages normands.

II

Les vrais amateurs du bon bère
Pour le Livarot ont du bec,
Mais vident aussi bien leur verre
Sur la Trappe de Bricquebec.
L'Excelsior et le Maromme
Ont bien aussi leurs agréments.
Le Montcarré corse la pomme.
Amis, chantons les fromages normands.

III

Les Hayons et la Providence
Ont saveur égale au Lisieux.
L'Isigny parle"d'abondance"
Et le Rouy charme les yeux
Aux Pont-l'Evêque, aux Notre-Dame(2)
Faisons les plus graves serments
Monsieur Fromage nous réclame!
Amis, chantons les fromages normands.

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Unfortunately even this is imperfect because others also evoked Trouville, Quitteboeuf and so on ... So let's try to build a short list of them...

The four "references" :
- Camembert [1]
- Neufchâtel [2]
- Livarot [3]
- Pont-L'évêque [4]

and the others :

Bondard (see Neufchâtel), Bondon (see Neufchâtel), Boursin [5], Bricquebec [6], Brillat-Savarin (see Excelsior) [9], Brique de Lisieux, Carré de Bray [12], Coeur de Bray (see Neufchâtel), Coutances [7], Demi-sel (see Carré de Bray), Excelsior, Fin de siècle, Gournay (see Neufchâtel) [10], La Bouille & Mr Fromage [11], Malakoff (see Neufchâtel), Mignot (see Livarot), Pavé d'Auge [8], Petit-Lisieux (see Livarot), Petit-Suisse.

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Norman cheeses map Neufchatel Pont-l'Eveque Livarot Camembert Boursin Bricquebec Coutances Pavé d'Auge Excelsior & Brillat-Savarin Gournay La Bouille & Monsieur Fromage Carré de Bray