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"Many's the long night I've dreamed of cheese..."
Robert Louis Stevenson
Picodon () is an AOC goat's cheese (awarded in 1983).In times gone by a family affair, today production, even though it is still a craft industry, has become commercially important, with the result that there are almost as many Picodons () as there are producers. Made from full cream goat's milk from the Saanen and Alpine Chamois breeds, Picodon () is a small golden disc of soft cheese with a flowery rind. The flavour becomes stronger as it matures. It can also be served grilled, or macerated in white wine, in eau-de-vie or olive oil.
Its cousin and neighbour, the unsalted Saint-Félicien Cottage Cheese, has a limited number consumers as it is produced in very small quantities. This is a very creamy cheese made in the village of Saint-Félicien () to the north of Ardèche.
Two other cheeses are steadily winning a wider market:
They are made with cow's milk from the Ardèche mountains. Goudoulet () takes its name from the tiny village of Sagnes-et-Goudoulet which comes directly from the French, "goût du lait", the taste of milk, and is made with unpasteurised cow's milk.
With a mild flavour, this cheese has a delicious bouquet and a soft light texture. Coucouron () is made in the traditional way by the cheese dairy in Coucouron ().
It is also sold in blocks.
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