Oh, Humboldt Fog. Perhaps one of the most recognizable American cheeses, Humboldt Fog needs no introduction. But, truthfully, this cheese deserves an introduction. Cypress Grove Chevre’s origins began in the 1970s when Mary Keehn became interested in Alpine dairy goats while looking for a healthy source of milk for her children. Keehn acquired two dairy goats, and quickly developed a passionate interest in breeding high quality Alpine goats. Within a few years, the size of Keehn’s herd had grown significantly, and having an excess of milk, she began making cheese in 1983.
Humboldt Fog is Cypress Grove’s best known cheese and has become a staple of the American cheese scene. Keehn created Humboldt Fog with the hope that it would visually echo the thick white fog that frequently settles over the dark green landscape of Humboldt County where Cypress Grove is located. Elegant and bright, this three-week old cheese pays homage to Morbier by running an edible line of vegetable ash through its creamy, white center. “Flavors of buttermilk and fresh cream are complemented with floral notes, herbal overtones and a clean citrus finish. As Humboldt Fog matures, the layer of proteolysis just under the rind tends to ripen, creating a more intense flavor.” –Cypress Grove Chevre
- Drizzle with honey and serve with prosciutto, tart apple and marcona almonds.
- Crumble atop mixed baby greens and roasted beets and serve with a simple vinaigrette.
- Melt sweet red grapes and savory Humboldt Fog together for the ultimate panini.
- Crumble atop fresh sliced pears, toasted pecans, and a simple vinaigrette for a classic addition to any dinner.
Serving suggestions from Cypress Grove Chevre
In a Nutshell…
|Region||California, Humboldt County|
|Milk Type||Goat, pasteurized|
|Cheese Type||Semi-soft, Fresh|