History of Food

History of Food

Monday, June 4, 2012

June 4 is Cheese Day and National Frozen Yogurt Day

Again I am faced with the choice of what to write about - Cheese Day or National Frozen Yogurt Day. Research tells me it is NOT National Cheese Day - just Cheese Day. Further, in researching, the day designated as Cheese Day is all over the calendar.


Cheese is nutritious food made mostly from the milk of cows but also other mammals, including sheep, goats, buffalo, reindeer, camels and yaks. Around 4000 years ago people have started to breed animals and process their milk. That's when the cheese was born. There are more than 670 varieties of cheese. There is no way feasible to discuss all these varieties in this arena.

The Etymology of the word Cheese:

The word cheese comes from Latin caseus, from which the modern word casein is closely derived. The earliest source is from the proto-Indo-European root *kwat-, which means "to ferment, become sour".

Brief Origins of Cheese:

Cheese is an ancient food whose origins predate recorded history. There is no conclusive evidence indicating where cheese making originated, either in Europe, Central Asia or the Middle East, but the practice had spread within Europe prior to Roman times and became a sophisticated enterprise by the Roman Empire.

Dates for the origin of cheese making range from around 8000 BC to around 3000 BC. The first cheese may have been made by people in the Middle East or by nomadic Turkic tribes in Central Asia. There is a legend with variations about the discovery of cheese by an Arab trader who used this method of storing milk. The earliest archeological evidence of cheese making has been found in Egyptian tomb murals, dating to about 2000 BC.

National Frozen Yogurt Day:

Unlike cheese, the history of frozen yogurt is short. Frozen yogurt (also spelled frozen yoghurt; also known by the trade names Frogurt and FroYo) is a frozen dessert made with the cultured, fermented milk product called yogurt and sometimes other dairy products. It varies from slightly to much more tart than ice cream, as well as being lower in fat (due to the use of milk instead of cream). It differs from ice milk (more recently termed low-fat or light ice cream) or conventional soft serve, both of which do not include yogurt as an ingredient.

The Etymology of the word Yogurt:

Because Frozen Yogurt is two words, dissecting the etymology of the two words is a little more complex. The word yogurt dates back to 1620s, a mispronunciation of Turk. yogurt, in which the -g- is a "soft" sound, in many dialects closer to an English "w." The root yog means roughly "to condense" and is related to yogun "intense," yogush "liquify" (of water vapor), yogur "knead."

History of Frozen Yogurt:

Frozen yogurt was introduced in New England, north-east USA, in the 1970s as a soft serve dessert by H. P. Hood under the name Frogurt. In 1978, Brigham's, a Boston-based ice cream, candy and sandwich chain, developed and introduced the first packaged frozen yogurt called Humphreez Yogart. Around this same time, another packaged frozen yogurt product, called "Danny" debuted from Dannon. This variation was a raspberry yogurt product on a stick and covered with dark chocolate. Both were originally intended as a healthy alternative to ice cream, but some consumers complained about the possibly unexpected tart taste and manufacturers began production of recipes that contained more sugar. Frozen yogurt took off in the 1980s, reaching sales of $25 million in 1986. In the early 1990s, frozen yogurt was 10 of the frozen dessert market.

With this being almost the middle of the year and the beginning of summer...I am going to save the cheese for later..I think I am going out to find some frozen yogurt to cool off with and enjoy...

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