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Countries that Produce the Most Cheese

Which countries produced the most cheese in the year 2014?
source: FAOSTAT
Production in thousands of metric tons
Last updated: December 12, 2018
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Production
Country
5585
United States
2741
Germany
1886
France
1254
Italy
772
Netherlands
Production
Country
744
Poland
664
Russia
629
Egypt
569
Czech Republic
559
Argentina
Production
Country
410
United Kingdom
407
Canada
369
Denmark
325
New Zealand
311
Australia
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level 40
Apr 1, 2013
Great quiz Ak. I hardly even got any guesses wrong until I came to the last one. It really stumped me though. Egypt? Who would've though? Even more than famous cheese places like Britain and Switzerland. Wow.
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level 14
Apr 1, 2013
Thanks for your comment. Yeah, I was quite surprised by it as well. Who would have thought? :)
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level 75
Feb 11, 2019
I was surprised, and got it on a guess. I had to look it up - interesting history. They also make a lot of cheese from water buffalo. Regarding one of their staple cheeses, mish or mishsh, a fermented, salty cheese which is eaten by country people with bread and leeks or green onions, one 17-century writer described it as, "Blue qarish cheese which was kept for so long that it cut off the mouse's tail with its burning sharpness and the power of its saltiness." The recipe for mish is fascinating. Thanks, Akasnah, for the new info. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_cheese
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level 75
Apr 1, 2013
What? No UK? Inconceivable! I got Egypt, though. They have a huge population and they love Mediterranean food which includes a lot of cheese: feta, halloumi, goat cheese, etc.
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level 14
Apr 1, 2013
Thanks for your comment. It was quite hard for me to imagine as well. :)
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level 72
Dec 12, 2018
Too much imported cheese apparently.
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level 70
Dec 12, 2018
Well apparently not, since they're back on the list!
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level 24
Jul 28, 2013
i got 100 % correct , try to get my quizzes
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level 63
Dec 12, 2018
Like most others, I was taken aback by Egypt. I expected Spain or Mexico. Interesting.
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level 71
Dec 13, 2018
Great quiz! I was surprised to see, with all the goat feta that Greece makes, that country missing. I checked your FAO source and I see it is a list of cows' cheese production! So I've done the same quiz for goat cheese, which has the most unlikely number 1 country you could ever imagine.
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level 66
Dec 13, 2018
Interesting quiz! Feta is not goat cheese though (although it can have some goat's milk in it), it is actually sheep cheese! (No surprises as to who is first here, I guess...)
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level 71
Dec 13, 2018
LOL, and thanks for my new fact for the day. Anyone wanna post a quiz for beaver cheese? I hear that Venezuela comes in at number 1.
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level 74
Dec 24, 2018
Feta can be mixed goat and sheep, but some people use the term feta to refer to brined cheeses made wholly of cow's milk. However, to be called feta according to the EU's protection definition, it has to be traditionally produced from Greek localities, be made of sheep milk with 30% or less goat milk.

Personally I like softer fetas, like Macedonian feta, or Lighvan (Iranian feta). They're a bit more spreadable, less salty, and delightful with cucumber slices or on toast. These can be hard to find, but sometimes Italian delis carry them if you don't have any luck finding a Macedonian or Iranian grocer in your 'hood.
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level 60
Jan 21, 2019
Gotta love those regulations. I mean it's nice that some terms guarantee a certain trait of a product or for it to be from a certain region. But it's funny how producers find their way around them. While terms like "sheep milk cheese" or "goat milk cheese" are pretty straight forward I've seen "shepherds cheese" quite often. You'd think that tells you it's sheep milk but for that one brand I'm thinking of it's 100% cows milk.
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level 69
Dec 13, 2018
I wonder how much more Swiss cheese is made in the United States (or anywhere abroad) than Switzerland!
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level 45
Dec 22, 2018
The problem is that "Swiss Cheese" isn't a protected name, so everyone can just name their cheese "swiss", and that's exactly what happens. Is a bit annoying as a swiss myself, now everyone thinks that the crap they sell in the US is what's supposed to be so great about Switzerland.
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level 75
Feb 11, 2019
Unless it's a registered trademark that whole "protected names" business seems pretty silly. And I think it only applies in the EU.
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level 70
Dec 13, 2018
Certainly suggests that quantity does not always follow quality...
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level 69
Dec 13, 2018
Just wonder how many quiz takers didn't at least try Switzerland!
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level 36
Dec 18, 2018
No nation can beat India if cheese is exactly like paneer #1. Nice quiz!
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level 59
Feb 11, 2019
I was trying to think of the last country and I kept thinking Egypt but ruled it out, then I see it was Egypt!!!
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level 36
Feb 11, 2019
How could I forget Canada??
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level 68
Feb 11, 2019
Funny that the picture for the quiz is Swiss cheese and Switzerland didn't make the list.
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level 29
Feb 11, 2019
Got 100%! So weird that I got Egypt.
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level 38
Feb 14, 2019
What kind of cheese comes from Egypt? Never had any in my whole life.
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level 50
Mar 19, 2019
Easy. I know my cheese.
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