Edam is a semi-hard, golden yellow cheese originating from the town of Edam in the Netherlands. It is recognizable for the red wax covering that has been used since the 14th century. Although it was originally made of unprocessed cow's milk, Edam is now generally made of pasteurized milk.
Aroma of young Edam is extremely gentle and sweet, while mature cheese has a slightly spicier flavor and mild sour taste. It has elastic structure and comparing to other cheeses it almost does not have smell. It has a low fat content.
In the Netherlands, Edam is cut into thin slices and served with crackers or bread as a main part of a traditional breakfast. It is also used for the preparation of various salads, but also as an ingredient of warm sauce. Young Edam is well paired with fruit, especially peaches, melons, apricots and cherries, while the more mature cheese is most often served with pears and apples.
Edam is best paired with red wines rich in taste, such as pinot noir and Syrah, but it also goes well with sparkling wines.
Président Edam can be found at delicatessen section.
Edam fantastically "tolerates" long trips in poor conditions of storage and does not spoil easily. Thanks to these and some other characteristics, it was the most popular cheese between the 14th and 18th century and over the Dutch trading routes it reached even the most distant colonies. Edam is still one of the most popular cheeses in the world.
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