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What is the line of ash in Humboldt Fog goat cheese?
What is it for, and where does it come from?

The odorless, tasteless and completely edible ash comes from the
burning of the White pine tree. Generally speaking, ash is normally
applied only to the outside of the cheese wheel.

But to ensure that the entire wheel has the same taste profile,
they also introduce the ash to the interior of the cheese as well.
The pH of the ash provides a mellowing affect on the taste
of the cheese which makes Humboldt Fog so easy to eat.