Bradet stretched-curd cheese, the Romanian traditional dairy product that earned De Gaulle’s praise

Bradet stretched-curd cheese, the Romanian traditional dairy product that earned De Gaulle’s praise

The Bradet stretched-curd cheese, a traditional deli food whose name was “borrowed” by producers all over the country, has its origins in the north-western part of Arges County, specifically in the Bradulet commune that sits on the upper course of the Valsan river.

According to mayor Evlampie Alecu, the preparation of scalded-smoked cheese in Bradulet households began early last century, and by 1960 the first industrial-type production unit had been set up.

“The Bradet cheese first appeared in this area around 1900, in Gales, a village of settlers who had come from Marginimea Sibiului, from the other side of the mountains. (…) A production center then appeared in Bradet somewhere between 1957 and 1960, with the locality lending its name to the product. The center produced some four to five tonnes per year,” said the mayor. More…