Welcome to the canton of Glarus
We were fascinated to explore Glarus because it is an old canton steeped in history and it was one of the eight founding cantons of the Old Swiss Confederacy. It is located in central-Eastern Switzerland and it is surrounded by the cantons of St-Gallen, Schwyz, Uri, and Graubünden. Its mountainous landscape lends itself to the production of milk and alpine and mountain cheeses.
Our Discoveries in Glarus
Overview of the Canton
Land Area: 685,32 km2
Population: 40 590 (December 2019)
Admission to the Swiss Confederation: 1352
Language: Swiss German
The Green Cheese of Glarus
Schabziger Stöckli was originally formulated in 1463 and is considered the oldest branded product in Switzerland. Today it is produced by Geska and remains a popular traditional cheese made only in the canton of Glarus. It is made from skimmed and pasteurized cow’s milk (naturally fat and lactose-free) and a special herb called blue fenugreek which gives Schabziger its characteristic pale green color. It is a semi-hard cheese that is pressed into cones and then dried for 2 to 6 months. It is a very pungent and spicy cheese that is a favorite of the locals. Its flavors are so strong that it is usually grated on traditional Swiss dishes, mixed with butter and spread on bread, or used as a condiment or dip.
When we first tasted Schabziger, we didn’t know how it should be served! We did the usual and put a piece in our mouths – you should have seen our faces! We encourage you to try it grated over risotto or pasta to start!