Side banner on the left. Area EN

Munster AOP

      Munster PDO

The Munster PDO is a cheese with soft paste produced exclusively with raw milk from cows of breeds located in the eastern area of France, in Alsace, and nurtured with grass and hay.

The production area of Munster PDO is located in the departments of Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Vosges, Meurthe and Moselle, Moselle, Saône, Haute-Saône and Territoire de Belfort, in the regions of Alsace, Lorraine, and Franche-Comte.

History Munster PDO has ancient origins linked to the history of Benedictines. In 660, the Benedictines established in Alsace a monastery around which originated a village which was called Munster, from the Latin word Monasterium, which means monastery. Just in this village, the monks took advantage from the luxury pastures of Vosges, where their cows cropped. Later, they further moved to the west, expanding their pastures until the chain of Lorraine mountains. In 1285, the inhabitants of Alsace and Lorraine founded a new city and called it Sancti Gerardi Mare, which later became Gérardmer. As the inhabitants pronounced it Géromé, the name given to the cheese was Munster-Géromé.

Munster PDO is a cheese which takes advantage from a very long tradition, to which is due its fame that permitted to maintain the production methods thanks to which it is still famous and appreciated.


Muster PDO has a cylindrical shape which measures from 13 cm to 19 cm diameter and from 2.4 cm to 8 cm diameter. The weight spans from 450 gr to 1.5 kg. The Petit-Munster (or Petit-Munster-Géromé) PDO measures from 7 cm to 12 cm diameter and from 2 cm to 6 cm height, with a weight of minimum 120 gr. The paste is cream-colour, soft and delicate. The rind is smooth and yellow to orange-red colour. It has a piquant flavour, rustic and slightly acid and an aromatic scent.


Munster PDO must be conserved in the least cold compartment of the refrigerator into a sealed package. Before eating it, it is suggested to leave it rest at room temperature for about one hour. It is tasted cold or used to prepare different warm dishes. In the original area, it is often spread on slices of bread and seasoned with the caraway, which sometimes is used to season it during the cheese-making phase, or together with boiled potatoes with their peel. It is used to prepare regional recipes like quiche and Munster omelette. It can be combined with strong red wines like Corton or Haut-Medoc and with wines produced in Alsace like Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir and also with beer.


PDO (Protected Designation of Origin)(ES). Protected designation of origińe (PDO) stands for a product for which the principal steps for production are done following a well-established technique within the same geographical area, which gives the product its characteristics.

AOC (Appellation d'origine contrôlée)(Fr). Year of registration 1986



Dietary product


Lactose-free product




   320 - 339 kcal per 100 gr.


   20.5 - 23.4 gr. per 100 gr.


   23 - 27 gr. per 100 gr.

Fat in dry matter

   45 - 55 %


   0.5 - 1.2 gr. per 100 gr.


   1.7 gr. per 100 gr.

Saturated acids

   18.7 gr. per 100 gr.


   48.5 gr. per 100 gr.


(Ca) Calcium

  350 mg. ( 60% )*

(K) Potassium

  113 mg. ( + 28% )*

(Mg) Magnesium

  16.8 mg. ( 52% )*

(P) Phosphorus

  240 mg. ( 52% )*

Dietary element

(Cu) Copper

  70 mcg. ( 0% )*

(Fe) Iron

  0.37 mg. ( 63% )*

(Se) Selenium

  4.32 mcg. ( 72% )*

(Zn) Zinc

  3.16 mg. ( 21% )*


(A) Retino.

  297 mcg. ( + 3% )*

(B1) Thiamine.

  13 mcg. ( 68% )*

(B2) Riboflavin.

  0.32 mg. ( + 7% )*

(B3) Niacin.

   0.103 mg. per 100 gr.

(B5) Pantothenic acid.

   0.19 mg. per 100 gr.

(B6) Pyridoxine.

  0.056 mg. ( 44% )*

(B9) Folatsin..

  12 mcg. ( 37% )*

(B12) Cobalamin.

  1.47 mcg. ( + 5% )*

(D) Calciferol

   0.57 mcg.

(E) Tocopherol

  0.58 mg. ( + 16% )*

*(the difference from the average value)


25,5 -  Individual visits per month (average)
1675 -  All individual visits
24 12 2016 -  Date of publication of this article

Munster PDO. Foto № 1
Munster PDO. Foto  № 2

Side banner on the right. Area EN