1655 Gruyere cheese is a hard cheese with a yellow color, made from cow's milk and named after the town where it originated, Gruyère in Switzerland.
This cheese when young can be described as a creamy cheese with predominantly sweet, nutty flavor but it acquires a complex earthy, slightly salty flavor with an assertive taste as it ages.
When Gruyere cheese has been aged from 5 to 12 months, it starts having small cracks and holes, which makes the texture somewhat grainy.
History of Gruyere Cheese
The origin of Gruyere cheese dates back to 1655, when this cheese was created in Switzerland’s Gruyere (often called Gruyeres) region located in Fribourg canton. Before 2001, when this cheese was awarded the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) status of being a Swiss cheese, it led to controversies as French cheeses with similar characteristics wanted to share the label of Gruyère.
Fromagerie Le Cret is located near Gruyere’s namesake village in the Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland. Cheesemaker Jean-Marie Dunand goes to great lengths to maintain high standards -- using only his most exceptional milk, making about half as much cheese as his quota would allow, and constantly refining his process. The result is a dairy that is a frequent recipient of the Gruyere Association's Medaille d’Or, an award presented to dairies with the highest evaluations every month for five years.
Aged by a local affineur that has been in business since 1915, Gruyere 1655 is marked by a fresh cream blast, a bright fruity flavor and a deep, structured nuttiness. The paste is light mocha in color and studded with pinpoint crystals.
Culinary Uses of the Gruyere Cheese
Gruyere cheese is considered an excellent ingredient in baking recipes. Often this cheese is sliced or grated and used in pastas, salads, quiches and soups. Some popular Gruyere cheese recipes are gruyere potato gratin, gruyere and chicken roulade, garlic cheese fondue and gruyere quiche.
An ounce of Gruyere cheese yields 117 calories, with 95 mg sodium and 31 mg cholesterol and fats contributing to the major part of the calories which is 79.6 or 9.3 gm or 14 percent of the recommended daily fat intake. Protein in an ounce of Gruyere cheese occupies 35.6 mg.
The cheese also contains vitamin B12, vitamin A, panthothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin K, thiamin and folate. This cheese is a rich source of minerals like calcium and phosphorus, with some amounts of zinc, manganese and selenium present in it. Also, Gruyere cheese contains 95 mg sodium that makes up 4 percent of the recommended daily sodium amount.