Limburger Cheese

This was yesterday’s Wikipedia picture of the day, with a description from the article on Limburger Cheese:

The description of limburger cheese (which truly does smell awful):

Limburger cheese originated in Limburg, Belgium. It is also made in the United States and Germany. Limburger is especially known for its pungent odor. The bacteria used to ferment Limburger cheese and other rind-washed cheeses is Brevibacterium linens; this same bacteria is found on human skin and is partially responsible for human body odor. A likely reason for this is that the monks of Limburg who created the cheese would originally mix the milk and curds into cheese by stomping it with their feet.

When I was in 10th grade at Billings West High School, someone stuck a piece of limburger cheese in the radiator at the end of the hallway. I was in Mr. Peckham’s World History class right just two doors down—this all left a strong impression in my mind—and I remember trying to figure out what had happened out in the hallway. Perhaps someone had diarrhea and didn’t make it to the restroom? Perhaps someone died? I cannot imagine eating the stuff!

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One thought on “Limburger Cheese

  1. Nelson Donley

    Yes indeed, Limburger cheese smells; it smells like rose petals in the fresh, Spring air. You will never find a more delicious tasting cheese anywhere. And the magnificent aroma! Simply resplendent!!! To those who call it a stinky cheese, what are you talking about? Although this cheese was first made by Belgium monks, it has a heavenly aroma. Simply delicious. ATTENTION: CHEESE LOVERS OF THE WORLD. Eat and enjoy!

    Nelson Donley


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