Gouda cheese is a popular cheese that originated in the Netherlands. It has been exported for hundreds of years.
“Gouda accounts for more than 60 percent of the cheese produced in Holland. An ancient cheese, its history dates from the sixth century, when it was made on small farms around the village of Gouda. It has been exported since the thirteenth century and is now enjoyed worldwide.”
“When only a few months old, Gouda is firm, smooth and supple, with a scattering of small holes. The flavor is sweet and fruity. As time passes, the taste intensifies and becomes more complex. Mature Gouda (18 months plus) is coated in black wax, which provides a stark constrast to the deep yellow interior. At this age, the texture of the cheese is granular, and it can be grated. Gouda has a fat content of 40-45 percent.”
– The World Encyclopedia of Cheese, 2010, Hermes House