What is edam cheese?
Edam is a semi-hard cow's milk cheese that originated in the Edam region of the Netherlands. It has a pale-yellow color, and a mild, nutty, salty flavor when it's young, which becomes sharper and tangier as the cheese ages. Edam is made from skimmed or part-skimmed milk, resulting in a lower fat content than other cheeses.
Why is edam sold with a red wax coating?
Edam is easily recognizable for its iconic red wax coating, which is designed to prevent mold from developing on the surface.
How is edam made?
Edam is made with skimmed or part-skimmed milk that's curdled with calf rennet. After the whey is drained away, the curds are washed and formed into shapes before they are immersed in a brine, then left to age for 21 days to a year.