“Before the development of modern packaging, cheesemakers relied on natural wraps to protect their cheeses en route to market. Nature conveniently provided materials free for the taking, such as chestnut, fig and grape leaves, ferns and cabbage leaves.
In this country, Oregon’s Rogue River Creamery wraps its premier blue cheese in local grape leaves. Andante Dairy in Petaluma makes its Figaro, a lovely fig-leaf-wrapped cheese, in the fall. The leaves are decorative but also contribute an earthy flavor…”
Full review via Leafy cheese wrappers enhance aesthetics – SFGate.