According to the British Cheese Board, Cheddar is the most widely consumed cheese in the world.

(It originated in Somerset around the late 12th century, from the Gorge or caves in the town of Cheddar. The caves there were used to store the cheese and gave it it’s unique flavour. The problem is that nowadays it can be made anywhere. In 2008 Britain imported 136,938 tonnes of cheddar from abroad, 86,000kg from Latvia of all places. Around 258,000 tons were produced in the UK in 2008. The good news is that you can still buy the original cheese, albeit at a premium, from the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company – the only cheddar made in Cheddar: