Thursday, August 23, 2007

Gamalost: Cheese Viagra

The Vikings were hardy men, famously aggressive and vigorous. Centuries after they last set sail, they are remembered as the manliest of men.

As they plundered their way across northern Europe, the Vikings developed not only a fearsome reputation for looting and pillaging, but also a certain notoriety for their luck with the ladies.

What caused those damsels in distress to swoon? And what made the invaders so virile, anyway? Turns out, it might have been their cheese.

Gamalost, which means "Old Cheese" in Norwegian, is a variety first made by the Vikings and still produced in small quantities in Scaninavia. I'll confess that I've not tried it, because it is awfully hard to find in the United States, and I've never been to Norway.

But I'm intrigued by Gamalost because it's said to be a natural aphrodisiac, which the Vikings used whenever rampaging left them a little too tired for nookie.

By all accounts, it is a smelly old cheese, made from unpasteurized cow's milk. It is aged for four to six months until it becomes hard, with a brownish-yellow rind. It's quite assertive, too. This is how food writer Janice Nieder describes it:
One story I heard attesting to the intensity of Gamalost's flavor was that when an old-timer was asked how Gamalost was made, he replied, "Take some cheese, stuff it in an old sock, bury it in manure under the barn and when it is ready, it will crawl out."
That sounds tasty to me, but perhaps Gamalost is an acquired taste. But if it's really an aphrodisiac, there must be a market for it.

Click here for the story about Gamalost, the Viking Viagra.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am a visitor in Norway and I had the curiosity to taste Gamalost.
I have stopped to the tasting, because I can not eat it! I do not understand how people can eat something like this! Probabily the one I bought is very old and matured.....I am still perplex, I can not understand what kind of cheese is this......how can they call it "food"

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John said...

I haven't tried eating the Gamalost before but I heard that it's good and a lot of people love it. I'll probably try it.

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Gamalost contains significant amounts of chitosan, a substance said to lower cholesterol levels. Nieder reported to the cheese to be robust in both smell and flavor, but sampled a piece less than two weeks old. Norwegian legend states Gamalost is created by stuffing a piece of cheese into an old sock, burying it in manure under a barn. The cheese is ready to be eaten when it crawls out by itself.

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John Lazarus said...

I didn't know cheese could be an aphrodisiac. Every Burger chain should consider using Gamalost instead of whatever cheese they currently use.

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Of course you'd expect something like this from what were once known as the baddest men on the planet. This even solidifies that reputation.
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