A 340-Year-Old Cheese Was Discovered in Shipwreck Near Sweden

A 340-Year-Old Cheese Was Discovered in Shipwreck Near Sweden

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Ariel Knutson
Aug 16, 2016
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Aged cheese tastes delicious, but this cheesy discovery might be past its prime. Divers exploring a shipwreck around the coast of Sweden discovered a tin full of what they believe is butter or cheese over 340 years old. Lars Einarsson, who is in charge of the dive says, "It's like a mixture of yeast and Roquefort, a sort of really ripe, unpasteurized cheese."

You don't even want to know what it smells like.

The cheese was found on the Kronan, a warship that sank in 1676. Besides the cheese, the divers discovered a diamond ring, 14 gold coins, and a bunch of 17th-century pharmaceuticals.

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