Livarot PDO

Livarot is known as ‘the Colonel’

Livarot is known as ‘the Colonel’ because it is encircled by three or five strips of a dried reed-like plant called sedge, which resemble the braids on a colonel’s uniform denoting rank. Hailing from the town of the same name in Normandy, the cheese must be made with milk from Normande cows, which is high in butterfat and protein. The animals must also graze for at least six months outside on the lush grass that grows in the clay soil and maritime climate of the Pays d’Auge.

Livarot PDO

Eating Livarot PDO

Livarot, with its trademark pungent aroma, is what some may call the perfect social distancing cheese! Serve yours with chilled cider or calvados.


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This Cheese is part of the Master of Cheese Level One associate certificate