Swiss cheese Tête de Moine

Switzerland for me is not just a country of great chocolate, it is also a country of amazing cheeses. The semi-hard cheese Tête de Moine has a pronounced spicy taste, and I also like it because of its unusual way of serving.

Swiss cheese Tête de Moine

Tête de Moine is a cheese with a long history dating back to the 12th century. It owes its origin to the monks of the Bellelay abbey in the Swiss region Jura. Tête de Moine is non-traditional in its method of serving. The tradition involves “shaving” the cheese into fine rosettes using a special device called a “girolle”. This “shaving” not only enhances the aesthetic value of the cheese, but it also remarkably intensifies its taste. The thin strips of cheese have a larger surface area, allowing better interaction of the cheese with the air. This shaving also made its way into the name, as the name of the cheese can be translated as “monk’s head”, referring to the shaved circle on the monks’ heads.

Rosette of Swiss cheese Tête de Moine

Tête de Moine excels in its versatility of use. You can use it in salads, canapés, or on a cheese plate. Its elegant rosettes always attract attention – both in taste and visually.

Swiss cheese Tête de Moine - packaging

One 120 g pack costs 5.95 CHF (which is approx. the same amount in EUR) in a Swiss supermarket. It’s not a cheap cheese, but you definitely won’t regret spending the money.

If you don’t know Tête de Moine, you should definitely try it!