This semi-hard ewes milk cheese from the French Mediterranean island of Corsica sports a herb crust across its pale ivory paste full of flavour.
Fleur du Maquis is an unusual ewes milk cheese from the French Mediterranean island of Corsica - you can taste the mountainous coastal grass that the sheep graze on in every mouthful. The pale ivory paste of Fleur du Maquis is coated with a mixture of local dried herbs and changes from fresh and creamy when young to a moist but firm cheese as it ages and as the seasons change. As it matures the herb-coated rind grows a grey, slightly mouldy crust.
A little history about Fleur du Maquis
Fleur du Maquis translates as “flower of the Maquis”. Maquis is a French term for thickets of rough underbrush that grow throughout the Corsican countryside. This cheese is made to a traditional recipe that has survived from the first millennium. The handmade cheese is drained for 2-3 days, salted and covered with wild herbs such as rosemary, thyme and savoury picked from the local maquis.
Fleur du Maquis is sometimes known as Brin d’Amour, meaning “bit of love”.