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, pronounced "darby", is a green veined, semi-hard cheese
with a mild sage
flavour. The first Sage Derby production began in the seventeenth century in England
. The green colour comes from sage and colouring added to the curds
, producing a marbling effect and subtle herb flavour. The colour is obtained either by mixing sage leaves in the curd before pressing, or by the addition to the main curd of "green curd" obtained by the aid of the juice of green corn. In the latter case, the sage flavour is obtained by the use of sage extract. The sage gives the cheese an almost minty flavor. Parsley
leaves, bruised and steeped before use, are sometimes employed in place of sage leaves.
Originally, Sage Derby was only made for festive occasions such as harvest and Christmas, but today it is available all year round.
In Monty Python
's Cheese Shop sketch
, one of the cheeses requested is "Japanese
" Sage Derby, but no such cheese exists.