Although Americans have long celebrated cow’s milk and made it part of standard fare, goat milk remains popular in other parts of the world. And for many, the cheese made from goat’s milk is more flavorful, with a more desirable texture and taste.
Fat content is the biggest difference between goat cheese and cheeses made from cow’s milk. The fat in goat cheese is naturally distributed, making it creamier and naturally homogenized.
"Among cheese enthusiasts, some believe goat cheese should take the award for best overall. It’s creamy, spreadable, and full of dense flavor,” says Fran Avery, co-owner of Crave, a food boutique and gift store in Lake Charles.
Crave stocks a variety of goat cheeses, including Tres Belle Chevre, a regional artisan goat cheese hand-crafted in the "old-world style” at Belle ‘Ecorce Farms in St. Martinville, Louisiana. Tres Belle Chevre is a micro-dairy and cheese plant with small herds of Lamancha and Nubian dairy goats, which are known for their flavorful milk and high butterfat. No preservatives or additives of any kind are used. Each cheese is individually packaged and seasoned with herbs and flowers. The Tres Belle Chevre varieties sold at Crave is marinated in Crave’s extra virgin olive oils, which adds to the unique, fresh flavor.
"Goat cheese is distinct, and that’s what most people love about it,” Avery explains. "It’s distinct in color, texture and taste. Like any other cheese, it comes in several varieties, from sharp and crumbly to creamy and spreadable.”
According to Avery, goat cheese is lower in fat, calories and cholesterol and higher in calcium, giving it an added bonus. "In this case, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor for better nutrition,” she adds.
Organic goat milk—the basis for goat cheese—has been linked to an increased ability to metabolize iron and copper, according to researchers from the USDA and Prairie View A&M University. Goat milk has also been shown to cause fewer digestive problems that cow’s milk.
In addition to Tres Belle Chevre, Crave also carries goat cheeses from Carr Valley and Cypress Grove. For more information, stop by the store at 2801 Ryan Street or call (337) 421-0040