France moves to protect Alps version of raclette from cheesy fakes

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France moves to protect Alps version of raclette from cheesy fakes
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Pretenders to the (cheese) throne should fear Friday’s news that the Savoy raclette is now officially enshrined on the EU register of protected geographical indicators (PGI’s).


This means that the next time you order a “raclette de Savoie”, it must actually be produced in the Savoie department of eastern France.

Raclette cheeses masquerading as Savoy raclette are no longer safe as the melted cheese dish gets official recognition, meaning that anything labelled Savoy raclette must now actually use cheese from Savoy and hold up to a certain quality.

(Jespah Joy)

The savoy version differentiates itself from its Swiss competitor “raclette Valais” from just over the border by its “slightly softer” texture, as well as a more “smooth and creamy flavour” according to site

For the uninitiated, raclette comes from the French word “racler”, meaning to scrape. It’s a dish where a large cow’s milk cheese wheel is heated over a woodfire and the melted cheese scraped onto a plate usually consisting of potatoes, vegetables and meats. 

By Rose Trigg


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