Made from pasteurized cow's milk
Country of origin: Netherlands
Type: hard, artisan
Fat content: 30-40%
Flavour: buttery, spicy, tangy
Synonyms: Leidse Kaas, cumin cheese, Boeren-Leidse, Boeren-Leidse kaas, Farmers Leiden
Leyden cheese (Leidse kaas in Dutch) is firm, yellow cumin spiced cheese made in the Netherlands. Made from pasteurised skimmed cow's milk, Leyden is very similar to Gouda in shape (round and flat), but has lower fat percentage, about 30 to 40%. This Dutch cheese is produced in factories and traditionally on farms in the historic area of Leiden.
The addition of cumin seeds gives the cheese a distinctive dry, tangy and spicy flavour, very unlike of 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.