A majority of Americans (71%) have a positive sentiment about cottage cheese, according to a survey commissioned by the Real California Milk, Tracy, Calif.

However, the national survey found that 87% of Americans were unable to correctly identify the origins of cottage cheese, with 37% believing that "cottage" is French for "curds and whey," and 5% were convinced that cottage cheese is produced from "cows that live indoors." Additionally, 20% of Millennials (ages 18-34) were inclined to believe that cottage cheese originated in Cottage, England, a fictional city.

Yet, lack of knowledge about the production process has done little to dim the product's popularity; despite once being associated with diet plates and grandma, 71% of Americans have a highly positive opinion of cottage cheese and 19% identify it as healthy.