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History of Camembert

November 28, 2011

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The history of Camembert

Camembert Location in France                            

Legend has it that an inhabitant of Camembert, one Marie Harel, invented the cheese which bears the village’s name, in Normadie region, located in North Ouest of France ( above). She was reportedly given the “secret” of its manufacture by a priest. During the French Revolution (beginning in 1789), all Roman Catholic priests in France were required to swear allegiance to the newborn republic. Those prelates who refused were executed or forced into exile. Some chose to hide in the countryside while waiting for better days. In 1790, during the month of October, the Abbé Charles-Jean Bonvoust supposedly sought refuge with Marie at her farm. He came from the Brie, a region near Paris famous for its cheeses. In return for the shelter she offered him, he gave to Marie the “secret” of making Camembert cheese.
A nice legend, but the region was famous for its cheeses well before the birth of Marie Harel on April 28, 1761 ! In 1569, Brugerin de Champier in his De Re Ciberia referred to “augeron cheeses”, as did Charles Estienne, another writer, in 1554. Thomas Corneille, brother of Pierre Corneille (author of Le Cid), spoke in 1708 of “the cheeses of … Camembert” in his treatise on geography. During the 19th century, thanks to the advent of the railroad circa 1850, Camembert cheeses conquered the markets of Paris and France. In 1890 the now-familiar small round wooden container was invented – and Camembert cheeses were exported throughout the world ! The bicentennial of Camembert cheese was celebrated in 1991.

Camembert Museum!
Founded in 1986, the Museum of the Camembert was born of an exhibition bringing together objects and documents related to the history and manufacture of Camembert cheese.The Museum of Vimoutiers Camembert is the one and only in France. It’s name is registered and is managed by an association of volunteers.

It values ​​the traditions of cheese and attaches to the ancient heritage. He also defends the pie PDO (protected designation of origin).

All stages of manufacture explained

From the collection of milk marketing, to renneting, molding and refining, this presentation brings to life all stages of cheese making and monitor developments in technology through the material, posters, business documents.

This museum was set up from donations from the cheese cellars of old families in the region.

Are you Tyrosémiophile ?

Through an amazing collection of boxes of Camembert labels, we can reconstruct the history, places of manufacture and the consumption pattern of this prestigious cheese.

Nearly 3000 Camembert labels, from the oldest to most recent visit and decorate the Tyrosépiophiles (Camembert label collectors) to find treasures.

For more amazing information on Camembert Labels see

marie harel camembert

The stele dedicated to Marie Harel: It was built in 1926. It is a monument to the glory of Camembert.

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