Edam - Gourmet Guide

June 13, 2019 | By Dave Mattingly

After Gouda, Edam is Holland's second-most produced cheese. This semi-hard cheese is typically served at breakfast, but we love it as a snack at any time of the day. Edam has a spherical shape and was reportedly used as a cannon ball during a war in ancient times.

Edam Cheese is named after the town of the same name where it originated. Edam, the town, is located in North Holland. From the 1300s through the 1700s, Edam was the world's most popular cheese, due to the fact that as Edam ages, it does not spoil, but rather hardens. This fact made Edam a great choice for those and who spent long periods of time at sea and abroad. In the 1600s the French began making their own Edam, now called Mimolette, when King Louis XIV prohibited imports from Holland. Up until the 1800s Edam was made of whole milk, but today Edam is made from skimmed or partially skimmed milk.

Edam appeals to people of all ages as it has a smooth, sweet and nutty flavor. As Edam ages its flavor intensifies. Edam pairs well with fruit, and is particularly tasty when served with dark beer.

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