The Rise of Pimento
Southern fare spikes in popularity each summer, and with it we're seeing more pimento. In our summer issue, we sent Emily Wallace to find the best pimento cheeses in North Carolina
But have you ever wondered where pimento cheese came from, and what propelled it into the great Southern food pantheon? This story from the San Angelo Standard-Times shines light on the cheese's history and current popularity.
Pimento cheese is fantastic, but you must wonder why the classic mixture of grated cheddar cheese and mayonnaise is flavored always and only with pimento. Wouldn't grated cheese spread fall into the same arena as a cheese ball, with a basic formula but many wide variations?
Nope. It's always pimento.
Where did pimento cheese come from? When was it invented?