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About Maroilles Edit
Maroilles (pronounced mar wahl) is a cow's-milk cheese made in the regions of Picardy and Nord-Pas-de-Calais in northern France. It derives its name from the village of Maroilles in the region in which it is still manufactured. Following the huge success of Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, interest in the cheese grew to the point of supermarkets running out of stock.
The cheese is sold in individual rectangular blocks with a moist orange-red washed rind and a strong smell. In its mass-produced form it is around 13 cm square and 6 cm in height, weighing around 700 g. In addition, according to its AOC regulations, cheeses eligible for AOC status can be one of three other sizes:
- Sorbais - (¾) 12 – 12.5 cm square, 4 cm high, 550 g in weight. Affinage (maturation period): at least 4 weeks.
- Mignon - (½) 11 – 11.5 cm square, 3 cm high, 350 g in weight. Affinage: at least 3 weeks.
- Quart - (¼) 8 – 8.5 cm square, 3 cm high, 180 g in weight. Affinage: at least 2 weeks.