Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the cheesiest of them all? (w/ poll)

You wouldn’t know it by looking at them, but the Greeks love cheese almost as much as the air they breathe. They are seriously cheesy. So cheesy, in fact… well… let’s see if you can follow this:

  • The average Greek woman weighs somewhere around 60 kg.
  • The average Greek eats 25 kg of cheese per year.

Therefore, we can safely conclude that the average Greek woman eats almost half her weight in cheese every year (just over 40%).

Epic. I must move to Greece immediately and catch up for lost time.

If you don’t believe me, read Lonely Planet Greece, where they clearly state that Greeks are so cheesy they “consume more cheese per capita than any other country in the world.”

So what cheese does the cheesiest country in the world favor?

The most beloved cheese in Greece is Feta – a salty, dry cheese made with goat or sheep’s milk. In fact, it is known as the National cheese of Greece. We’ve already featured feta in our Spanakopita recipe and will also feature it in our authentic Greek Salad.  Watch for that recipe come Monday morning.

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Comments

  1. Collette lemons says:

    I really like cheese but I seldom eat it and I really don’t know why. I love the extra sharp cheddar cheese and long horn style.

    Since we had to change our eating habits we now eat fruit and cheese for an evening snack instead of cookies and junk. That sharp cheese tastes great with apples and oranges.

    I don’t think I have ever tried Feta cheese…. I might have to check that out one of these days.

    • Sasha Martin says:

      Whole Foods sells a cheddar called “Seaside Cheddar” and it has these crunchy bits in it. Oh my goodness, I have polished off entire blocks by myself. Love it alone or with apples.

  2. I’m pretty sure I get my 25kg in by July or August :)

  3. I was allergic to dairy products (and tons of other things) as a kid and wasn’t allowed to drink milk or eat cheese. I got used to ordering pizzas with no cheese, and when I was an adult and tried to eat things I couldn’t have before? Yeah, nothing tasted right with cheese. Nothing smelled right with it. So whenever I can, I order/make food with no cheese at all. Yeah, I know I’m weird. But here’s the happy part – that means more for you!

    • Sasha Martin says:

      How funny… that makes you approximately 98% healthier than me since I love cheese whenever and wherever I can get it! :)

  4. I love cheese. Especially expensive cheese. My latest favorites are Garrotxa, La Serrena, Robiola, and Ossau Iraty. See, cheese snob :-)

  5. I would have guessed the French were the ones having the most cheese in the world. On my last trip to France I was sold: they have the best cheeses for sure (and coming from an Italian, with our mozzarella and parmesan and gorgonzola and a zillion other varieties, that is a HUGE statement). But now that I think of it, they are so tasty and pricey you probably eat less of them than of, say, feta. You should count the grams of fat coming from cheese, or the euros, it would be fairer.
    By the way, the last time I weighted 60 kilos was when I was 12, so do I have a right to have more cheese? I may start to love my far too high frame if so :)

    • Sasha Martin says:

      They make *have* the most, but eating the most is another thing entirely. I’ve found the French very delicate in their portioning (rather refreshing after the giant portions we usually get at restaurants around here). Perhaps Greek portions are bigger. Plus, the French seem to mostly celebrate cheese on its own, whereas many Greek recipes include feta *in* the dish, which could possibly increase consumption. Not to say French don’t do this too, but it just might be to a lesser extent.

      Anyway you slice it, cheese is good! :)

    • Sasha Martin says:

      And, yes, by all means – eat more cheese!

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