Mental Floss Explains Why Some Cheeses Are Dyed Yellow

In a new episode of Big Questions by Mental Floss (previously), host Craig Benzine answers a reader who asks why some cheeses are dyed yellow, rather than maintaining the white color of the milk they’re derived from. The answer goes back pretty far.

The concept of dying cheese yellow or orange is because some cheeses are naturally yellow. It makes sense that cheese would be white since it comes from white milk, but this wasn’t the case during around the 16th century England.