Six Great Snacking Cheeses to Serve with Fruit

Sometimes the simple foods are the best . . . and there is nothing better on so many occasions than fresh fruit and cheese.   It makes a party better, it makes a great mid-afternoon snack, it’s a wonderful appetizer, and it goes well in a packed lunch.  But there are so many cheeses to choose from.  We’ll help.  Here are our favorite cheeses to serve with fruit—apples, grapes, pears, and more.

  • Havarti

Havarti is smooth and buttery.  It is a very mild cheese with a soft texture and a creamy near-white in color.  It works especially well with sweet fruits like a honey crisp apple or a pear since the mild flavor of the cheese complements rather than overpowers the delicate flavor of the sweet fruit.

  • Edam

Edam is another mild, buttery cheese.   It is a close cousin to Gouda but with a little firmer texture and nuttier flavor and slightly sweet.  It is a universal cheese going well with sweet or a tart fruit though we think it balances very well with red grapes.

  • Jarlsberg

Jarlsberg often has holes in like Swiss though it is a harder cheese with more flavor and a nuttier flavor than Swiss.  We like it with tart apples and plums.

  • Munster

Munster has a mild flavor that mellows with age.  It is a near-white cheese with an orange, edible rind.  It is often used in Mexican dishes.   We like it with grapes and sweet apples.

  • Gruyere

We absolutely love gruyere.  It is nutty and rich without being pungent.  It has a medium firm texture and often creamy colored, sometimes with eyes.  There is quite a difference in flavor from brand to brand.  We think it is a perfect cheese to go with apples.

  • Asiago

Asiago is hard and pungent.  It is a strong flavored cheese that is used often in cooking.  The flavor is almost a cross between a sharp cheddar and parmesan.  We like it paired with tart, hard apples like a Granny Smith.  It also goes well with plums and tart grapes.