It’s soft, succulent…it can be sweet, salty, spicy or fairly bland. It can come in an array of colors. Just one can almost be a meal, or part of a snack. It goes well in pasta, salads, on a sandwich, burger, in a taco and even occasionally with sushi. The allure of it draws crowds to various festivals and gatherings at annual and semiannual events worldwide. It can be paired with almost any type of wine, goes well with beer, and yes, even champagne. At fancy parties it can be found on crackers, and at football parties in a bowl. There are entire restaurants that have devoted their marketing and menus to its very existence. Versions of it are given entire shelves in markets and it is traded as a global commodity that many consider an essential element to daily life.

That’s right. Cheese.