Leyden Cheese

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Approx. Weight: 8 ounces
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Approx. Weight: 1 pound
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Leyden cheese (Leidsekaas in Dutch) is a Dutch gourmet cheese, name after the University City of Leyden (Leiden in Dutch). Definitely a cheese for the cumin lover. The smattering of cumin seeds is the real star here. This addition gives the cheese a distinctive dry, tangy and spicy flavor, very unlike that of other cheese.

Made from pasteurized skimmed cow's milk and similar to Gouda in shape (round and flat), but with a lower fat percentage. Leyden is a very old and very popular cheese in Holland and can be found in that country in varies ages, from very young to very old. Our Leyden cheese is kind of in the middle.

The red wax-coated Leyden is a perfect addition to any cheese platter. Pairing it with an ice-cold beer or a glass of milk, like the Dutch would do, and serve in on a dark whole grain, whole wheat sandwich.

We hand-cut and wrap this cheese in wedges of 1 pound and 8 ounces.

Ingredients:pasteurized milk, salt, cumin seeds, starter culture, rennet, carotene (color).
It has been said that once a Dutchman has tasted Leyden, they will prefer it over any other cheese. I find that to be true. My absolute favorite.

This is a wonderful cheese to add to a cheese tray. It has a bold taste that would hold its own with a Red Dragon and a sharp Provalone. Add some fig preserves and an Italian sopresatta and you have created an international party treat.

This is an added item. I'm assuming your friends who enjoy Leiden cheese know that it becomes hotter as it ages and the cumin leeches out into the cheese.

We first tasted Leydense Kaas in Leyden at the Holiday Inn. While living in Germany we usually stayed at Gasthauses or comparable. In Leyden we had to stay at an American hotel. The breakfast was so outstanding we were glad we did. The very board did groan from the offerings. Among them were this marvelous cheese peppered with cumin. My husband had an assistant that went from Germany to Holland with some frequency. We always sent him along with an order for a modest wheel. On rare occasions we have found it in places we have lived in the years since then. Unfortunately the Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, etc. around here no longer stock it. We received a chunk of the wonderful product as a Christmas gift from our pastor's wife

I have purchased this cheese several times...always excellent...if you like cumin. A classic Dutch cheese. Take in the aroma before eating it.. then savor it. Great finish...