It would be an understatement to say that cheese is beloved worldwide. The popular dairy product is a staple in just about every cuisine — whether melted atop a pizza, grilled into a sandwich, simmered with spices in a paneer-based curry or on its own as the perfect finish to a multi-course meal. The culinary world would be seriously lacking without access to cheese, and that’s why so many countries have included it in their exports.
While cheese can come in various forms — hard to soft, smoked, aged or even covered in mold — every country has a signature style, which is what makes the dairy product so wonderful. Here, we’ve put together a list of the countries that produce the most cheese, which oftentimes translates to the best cheese in the world.
While some are obvious, others might inspire you to expand your travel search on where to experience the world’s best cheese.