Muenster - Mun´-ster
Description: Historians believe that Muenster originated in Alsace, France. Others give the honor to its neighbor, Germany. In Wisconsin, Muenster was among the first semi-soft cheeses European immigrants made in the late 1800s, and Americans quickly developed a taste for it. Wisconsin Muenster tastes milder, and the firmer texture helped it gain popularity as a slicing cheese for sandwiches. Traditionally a washed-rind cheese, in the United States the rind may or may not be washed. It usually has a bright orange natural annatto coating and is mild when young and mellows with age.