Cheshire cheese Oldest English cheese dating from Roman Britain; crumbly, may be pale yellow, blue‐veined, or coloured orange with annatto; matured 2–6 weeks; approx. 30% water, 24% protein, 30% fat. At one time the cheesemakers of Cheshire impressed the image of a grinning cat on the outside of the cheese; this is believed to be the origin of the Cheshire cat popularized in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
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