Chévre is French for Goat Cheese. This summer, I was looking at the large selection of cheeses at Metropolitan Market when I discovered Chévre with Anise and Lavender produced by Rollingstone Chévre in Idaho. Anise and lavender, herbs belonging to the very large mint family, bring a flowery taste to this creamy tart cheese.
Anise Hyssop (Agastache Foeniculum) blooms in late summer. It is prized for its bright blue (sometimes purple) flower stalks and its licorice-scented leaves. The plant grows to a height of 3 feet. Bees and humming birds can’t resist its sweet nectar.
If you want to learn more about the members of the mint family, I recommend Barbara Perry Lawton’s book titled “Mints – A Family of Herbs and Ornamentals.” Her book offers history along with an extensive catalog of mints.
Getting Back to the Cheese
Artisan cheese makers, Charles and Karen Evan, have been making goat cheese in Idaho’s Snake River Valley since 1988. Their 45 acre farm provides pasture for their herd of Saanen goats. The only milk that is used to make their cheese comes from this farm.
“Rollingstone Chèvre does not use distributors. Cheese is shipped directly from the factory. All cheese is made using a traditional artisan approach, hand ladled, hand pressed then individually wrapped. Fresh cheeses are made upon order. This translates into a fresher cheese with a longer shelf life than would be available through normal distribution channels.”
I would also recommend serving it on French bread with a berry or peach chutney.