By definition, vegetarians shouldn’t have any kind of meat in the meal, which also includes the abstention of by-products made from the animal. While vegetarians (not vegan)
So, what about gorgonzola? The original making of gorgonzola PDO does contain animal rennet in it, so it is technically not a vegetarian cheese. But nowadays, most of the gorgonzola-making factory are switching to the cheaper and more accessible microbial rennet, which is totally acceptable for the vegetarian. With that change however, it can hardly be called the original gorgonzola.
It’s also applied to the other cheeses made using the animal rennet. See below.
Animal rennet and non-vegetarian
Animal rennet is a crucial enzyme extracted from the animal stomach for the purpose of curdling milk. Traditionally, the
It involved the slaughtering of the baby animals. Therefore, not only that it is a by-product from the animal (not vegetarian), but the cheese product itself is also not cruelty-free.
The reason for that is because weaned animals have significantly lesser of a particular enzyme present in the stomach as they stop drinking milk, so using the adult animal is far less efficient.
So, is it pos
Can I have gorgonzola as a vegetarian? If not, any alternatives?
The easiest way is to stop-by your local cheese shop to look for the vegetarian-friendly gorgonzola if you can find any. Otherwise, you can always try to make your own vegetarian version of gorgonzola with vegetarian rennet, It’s not that hard, as you can see this mother-and-son team nailing the homemade gorgonzola watch here.
The picture on the right is the one excellent alternative cheese closest to the gorgonzola I found on Amazon, and it’s also vegetarian-friendly.
FODMAP Diet: Should I eat gorgonzola? Read this.