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  • Made from pasteurized cow's milk

  • Country of origin: Netherlands

  • Region: Leiden

  • Family: Gouda

  • Type: hard, artisan

  • Fat content: 30-40%

  • Texture: firm

  • Rind: waxed

  • Colour: yellow

  • Flavour: buttery, spicy, tangy

  • Aroma: aromatic

  • Vegetarian: no

  • Synonyms: Cumin cheese, Farmers Leiden, Boeren-Leidse kaas, Boeren-Leidse, Leidse Kaas

Leyden cheese (Leidse kaas in Dutch) is firm, yellow cumin spiced cheese made in the Netherlands. Made from pasteurised semi-skimmed milk of cow, Leyden is very similar to Gouda in shape (round and flat) but has a lower fat percentage, about 30 to 40%. This Dutch cheese is produced in factories and traditionally on farms in the historic area of Leiden (Leyden).

The addition of cumin seeds gives the cheese a distinctive dry, tangy and spicy flavour, very unlike other Dutch cheeses. Cloves and Caraway seeds are also added occasionally for that extra boost. The wax-coated Leyden is a perfect addition to any cheese platter. Pairing it with an ice-cold beer or a Shiraz and dark malty bread will do wonders.

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