The Edam cheese was first produced in the Netherlands and is named after the town of Edam. This Dutch cheese is made using pasteurised cow or goat milk. It has a pale yellow interior and a crust of red paraffin wax. Its flavour is mild, salty and nutty at the early stage and gets sharper with ageing. Also, it is comparatively low in fat content compared to other cheeses.
The Edam cheese at the early stage goes well with fruits like peaches, apricots, cherries and melons, while the aged Edam cheese is often consumed with pears and apples. Besides this, it is also eaten along with crackers, biscuits and drinks like Pinot Gris, Dry Riesling, Semidry Riesling, Champagne, Chardonnay and Shiraz.