Bloomy rind cheeses are called surface-ripened. Surface-ripened simply refers to all cheeses that are ripened from the outside (surface of the cheese) in. The term also gives handy clues to the rind and the creamy texture of the cheese. “Bloomy” refers to the soft, sometimes fuzzy rind resulting from the introduction of molds like Penicillium candidum. Bloomy rind cheeses are known for the white color and mushroomy flavor of the rind, which is edible (and delicious!).