While cheese has become a part of our daily diet, it is widely unknown when the exact time the creation of the dairy product took place. The birth of cheese is believed to be closely correlated with the discovery of milk through animals, which began almost 8,000 to 10,000 years ago. Cheese making has been discovered in readings in Greek mythology and there have been findings of cheese on tombstone images that experts believed to date back nearly 4000 years. And while there remain many questions behind the origins of cheese, we do know that by the time of the Roman Empire, cheese making had become a widely known practice throughout the Middle East and Europe.
Hundreds of variations of cheese were then made and traded when Julius Caesar was in rule. Cheese was then introduced to North America when European immigrants traveled over and brought their knowledge and cheese making skills. As the popularity grew in the United States during the late 1800’s, the demand for the dairy product increased and the industry eventually made it’s way westward to Wisconsin, taking advantage of their abundant farmland. Fast-forward a few centuries later and the United States now produces over 10.6 billion pounds of cheese, and over 300 different varieties. We look forward to what the future holds for the cheese and dairy industry!