Today in the Middle Ages: June 4, 1070

The first Roquefort cheese was made on June 4, 1070. Roquefort is a ewes' milk cheese with distinctive veins of blue mold.

Legend has it that a young shepherd was eating his meal when he saw a pretty girl. He stashed his lunch in a cave and ran after her. Later, he returned alone and found his cheese covered with mold.

Although there are several types of blue-veined cheese, the name "Roquefort" is still restricted to cheeses aged in the Cambalou caves.