Dirt lover is a bloomy rind cheese with a light coating of vegetable ash. Applying ash to the rind of cheeses is an old-world cheese making technique that helps to neutralize the pH of the rind, encouraging the desired rind formation. The dark line from the ash makes Dirt Lover a striking addition to a cheese plate.
Dirt lover tastes buttery, lemony, and mushroomy, and becomes earthy and beefy with age. It smells of wet dirt, like working in the garden.
This cheese pairs well with rosé, wheat beer, and dried apricots. Dirt Lover makes a wonderful salad with citrus quarters, walnuts, fennel, and a simple vinaigrette.