You might see queso Chihuahua in the grocery store. This soft, yellow cheese is named so because it comes to us from the Mexican state of Chihuahua. But in Mexico this same cheese is called queso Menonita, meaning Menonite cheese.
In Chihuahua are 90,000 of the 100,000 Mennonites living in Mexico. These communities settled there in the twenties. They left Manitoba when the attendance of public schools for children became mandatory. Since the Mennonites at the time preferred their own private teaching they needed to find a place to call home. They settled on northern Mexico. Other Mennonites joined them from other parts of Canada and the United States.
They are an agricultural community and are famous for many of their delicious foods, including the queso Menonita.