A bloomy rind cheese with a species of white mold added to the milk. This mold has a crinkly growth habit, forming a “brain coral” pattern on the rind, and has a yeasty, bread-dough flavor profile. The color of the rind is due to a fine charcoal ash that is dusted on the cheese after it is salted in a brine bath. As the cheese ages, it has a lot of meaty-umami flavors with hints of cooked cabbage. This cheese pairs well with hard salamis or chutneys. Its strong flavor can hold up to medium bodied red wines.
Wes Jarrell and Leslie Cooperband are the proud owners of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery located in rural Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. A licensed Grade A goat dairy and farmstead creamery. Their herd is certified "Animal Welfare Approved" since 2010 by "A Greener World."