written by Daryl in News on Thu, May 29, 2014 | Reply
An artist’s rendition of a bucolic Neolithic cow town.
The art of cheese-making is at least 7500 years, and new research points to it’s very origins!!
Sieved pottery fragments with milk fat and protein residue found at an ancient cattle-rearing site in what is now modern Poland are the remnants of what archaeologists believe are cheese-making equipment. Being around 7500 years old, these Neolithic artifacts are the oldest examples pointing to the collection, processing, and preservation of milk.
The discovery of the fat and protein residue through chemical analysis was key, as until now, the researchers were not sure if the sieves were used for beer, honey, or cheese.
A wisent, or European Bison, checks out his new digs in the Carpathian mountains in Romania
Wild populations of European bison got a boost this month, as 17 animals were released into a secluded valley in the wild Carpathian mountains of Romania.
Part of a larger scheme to return native animal populations back to Europe, these animals will be monitored for half a year before being left to their own devices to form a herd, and dodge wolf packs.
It is interesting to note that of all the thousands of European bison that are now present in the wild due to reintroduction since the 1950’s, are all descended from around 50 animals that were left left in captivity after the last wild ones were hunted and poached to extinction early in the last century.
Rewilding Europe is a conversation group helping with this project. Learn about it and others on their site!
Update: This Polish Nature Preserve, the Białowieża Forest, not only houses European Bison, but also populations of Red Deer, Wild Boar, Roe Deer, Moose, Lynx & Wolves! This place is definitely on the bucket list.
Hampshire Cheese’s Tunsworth…. I really, really want to try this cheese.
Here is a great recap of the Artisan Cheese Fair in Melton Mowbray, home to England’s famous PGI protected Pork Pie! Appropriately held in the old cattle market of an ancient market town, the festival has been going strong for 4 years, and will be back in May of 2015 for it’s largest incarnation yet. As a warning, the It is replete with image after beautiful image of outstanding and gorgeous artisan English cheeses. And I am very jealous.