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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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Derby an English cheese made by a process similar to that of cheddar. It is pressed less hard and therefore retains a higher moisture content; it is also more definitely primrose yellow in colour, with a closer and more flaky texture, and a milder and more acid flavour.

Derby is of a thick disc shape and weighs 4 to 14 kg (9 to 31 lb). A smaller version flavoured with sage and coloured green with spinach juice was traditionally made at harvest time and Christmas; this survives as sage Derby in British cheese shops and delicatessens. See also sage cheese.