Cornish Kern is a modern British hard cheese made by Catherine Mead of Lynher Dairies Cheese Company in West Cornwall, England. The dairy collects pasteurised milk from nearby farms for use in this adapted Gouda recipe. Its name, ‘kern’, is the Cornish word for ‘round’ and suitably describes its shape and flavour.
Each wheel has an attractive coat of thin black wax that allows the cheese to be matured for 16 months without losing too much moisture. The result is a dense, fudgy texture and complex flavour profile that is intensely savoury. The lingering caramel sweetness is accentuated by a proper dose of salt. This is cheese that appeals to the masses.