This firm, pressed farm cheese with a washed rind is made with certified organic raw milk from a herd of Brown Swiss cows owned by the cheese makers. The farm fabrication process gives the cheese superior aromas and subtle flavours that are unique to the Portneuf area. Its brine washing and the two- to three-month ripening time on a white spruce plank give the rind an amber colour and impart a woody, rustic vegetable flavour. The butter-yellow interior is dotted with small holes, with a supple texture that is crumbly. The cheese has a milky aroma with hints of flowers and fruits and tastes of fruits, hazelnuts and vegetables.
The cheese is named after the city of Grondines where it is made. The label displays an illustration of Grondines in fall. It was created by Robert Julien, a local artist.
Grondines cheese is available from the cheese maker, at specialty grocery stores and cheese shops as well as from some supermarkets.