When people think about British food they think about traditional food like fish and chips or take away food like Cornish pastries.
They often forget Britain is the home of Stilton cheese, the king of English cheese.
Stilton takes its name from the village of the same name in Cambridgeshire where it was first made and sold.
Stilton has its own Certification Trade Mark and is a EU protected name cheese that by law can only be made in the three counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
- it must be made from locally produced milk that has been pasteurised before use
- it can only be made in a cylindrical shape
- it must be allowed to form its own coat or crust
- it must never be pressed and
- it must have the magical blue veins radiating from the centre of the cheese
It takes 136 pints milk (78 litres) to make one 17 lb (8kg) Stilton cheese
Over 1 million Stilton cheeses are made each year