Google Doodle is honoring Marie Harel, the inventor of camembert cheese, on what would have been her 256th birthday. Are you a cheese lover and need to know more about Marie? HollywoodLife.com has you covered!
1. She’s known for inventing camembert cheese.
Marie Harel was a dairymaid back in mid-to-late 1700s and early 1800s, according her Google Doodle page. She worked making cheese at the Manor of Beaumoncel, which led her to create camembert cheese.
2. There’s a legend surrounding Marie and the invention of camembert cheese.
The legend states that a priest, supposedly from the region of Brie, took shelter at Beaumoncel near Vimoutiers during the French Revolution and met Marie. He then shared his secret for making the soft-centered cheese. Marie took the priest’s advice and put her own twist on the cheese, packaging the cheese in wooden boxes. And that’s how camembert cheese was made!
3. Marie’s descendants continued her cheese-making dynasty.
Marie’s grandson, Cyrille Paynel, produced camembert cheese on a large scale, The Independent reports. Thomas Paynel, another one of her relatives, supposedly met Napoleon III and offered him camembert cheese. Napoleon liked the cheese so much, he made Thomas the official furnisher of camembert to the French emperor.
4. There’s a statue of her.
In the village of Vimoutiers, which is home to the Camembert Museum, there is a statue of Marie as a testament to her influence in French cheese culture. So if you’re ever in France, you should stop by, especially if you’re a cheese lover!
5. Wait, so what is camembert cheese?
Camembert cheese is yellow in color and has a creamy taste and edible white rind. So, essentially, it’s a lot like brie. Only camembert made from unpasteurized milk is deemed Camembert de Normandie.
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