The Norwegian cheese Jarlsberg is the 3rd largest export product from Norway. Jarlsberg is found in many markets around the world and used as a delicious ingredient in many recipes. It is well appreciated by leading chefs for its distinctive sweet and nutty taste – and not to mention the holes! Jarlsberg is available in rinded and rindless varieties and is ideal for cheeseboards and as a topping for salads and hot dishes.
In 1956 a research team from the Agricultural University of Norway started experimenting with old cheese recipes from the Laurvig and Jarlsberg counties in the South of Norway. They developed a semi hard, medium-fat cheese with holes, successfully combining old cheese-making traditions with modern technologies. The team called the new cheese Jarlsberg after the county it came from. A new cheese category was born.
The export of Jarlsberg started cautiously in 1961. Today, the Jarlsberg global sales has exceeded more than 25,000 tons. The largest producer of Jarlsberg today is the Tine factory in Elnesvågen near Molde in western Norway. The various varieties of Jarlsberg account for well over 80% of Tine’s export today, with Jarlsberg being the number one selling brand in its segment of imported cheese in the United States and Canada.
Jarlsberg is produced in the United States on license at Alpine Cheese in Ohio, and by Dairygold in Ireland. In the United States, it is sold in 30,000 supermarkets.
-Jarlsberg was mentioned by name in the movie Trial and Error (1997) where Charlize Theron offers Jeff Daniels a sandwich and says: «But… it’s Jarlsberg!»
-Jarlsberg was also mentioned in the movies The Devil Wears Prada, The Wrestler and Did you hear about the Morgans.
-In the TV series Frasier, Jarlsberg was mentioned at the end of episode 24, Season 2.
-Jarlsberg was also mentioned in Monty Python’s ‘cheese skit’.
-Steven van Zandt is mentioning Jarlsberg in the television drama The Sopranos in episode 10, Season 3.
Text by: Thor Bugge Lanesskog, ThorNews
Sources and Photo: Wikipedia, Tine