from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A plural of penicillium.
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The white penicillia create their effects mainly by protein breakdown, which contributes to the creamy texture and provides flavor notes of mushrooms, garlic, and ammonia.
The blue penicillia are apparently unique in their ability to grow in the low-oxygen 5%, compared to 21% in the air conditions in small fissures and cavities within cheese, a habitat that echoes the place that gave Roquefort its mold in the first place: the fissured limestone caves of the Larzac.
White Molds In addition to the blue penicillia, there are the white ones, all strains of P. camemberti, which make the small, milder surface-ripened soft cow’s milk cheeses of northern France, Camembert and Brie and Neufchàâtel.
Bakteriol_, 1905, 422), who finds that _Penicillium glaucum_ and other penicillia have considerable action on fats, attacking the glycerol and lower fatty acids, though not oleic acid.