This sensuously rich triple-cream cheese is made from cow's milk and contains 75 percent fat. It comes in chunky cylinders with white rinds. When ripe, the ivory interior has a sweet, buttery, slightly piquant flavor. Explorateur is ripened for 2 to 3 weeks and only pasteurized-milk versions can be imported into the United States. See also cheese.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.