Gouda is a cows milk Dutch cheese named after the city of Gouda in Holland. It is the most popular cheese in Holland as it accounts for 60% of the countries cheese production.  Young Gouda cheeses are ivory colored, semi-soft in texture and have a sweet and nutty flavor. While the cheese ages, the pate becomes more gold in color and firmer in texture. Its flavor is richer and has pockets of salt crystals. The cheese is dipped in wax to prevent it from drying out.  This also stops the aging process that prevents the formation of mold when the cheese is stored. There are five classifications of this cheese that are determined based on its maturity:

  • Mild – aged 4 to 6 weeks
  • Medium – aged 8-12 weeks
  • Matured – aged 12 to 18 weeks
  • Aged – aged 6-12 months
  • Extra aged – aged more than 1 year

Country: Holland

Region: Gouda
Texture: Semi-soft to firm
Type of Milk: Cow
Aging Time: At least 4 weeks
Pasteurized: Both versions are available