Pithiviers is a soft, round cheese with a velvety rind like Brie.
The curd is uncooked and unpressed. The cheeses are wrapped in twigs.
Each cheese is 5 inches (12 cm) wide, 1 1/4 inches (3 cm) thick and weighs about 10 oz (300 g.) They are aged 3 weeks.
Pithiviers Cheese is made in the city of Pithiviers, near Orléans, France.
Pithiviers Cheese has a 45% fat content.
Pithiviers Cheese used to be made in the summer, preserved wrapped in straw, and was given to workers to eat during fall harvests.
During World War II, a concentration camp for 18,000 Jews was located at Pithiviers from 1941 to 1943. Most were sent on to Auschwitz in 1942.