“Master crow, on a perched tree, held in his beak a cheese.” But which cheese was Jean de la Fontaine thinking of ? Maroilles ? The hypothesis holds true when we know that its exclusive production area is located in Thiérache, a region straddling the southern part of the Nord and the northern part of the Aisne. And incidentally, the department of origin of the most famous of our fabulists. However, if we don’t want to be accused of culinary uchrony, let’s be honest and say that this soft cow’s milk cheese with a washed rind was born around 960 in the abbey of Maroilles. A village well and truly located in the North. However, a millennium later, 4,200 tons of this culinary standard are produced each year. Of which 275 are farmhouse.