The Edam Holland PGI is a semi-hard dough cheese with natural seasoning, produced from cow's milk.
The production area of Edam Holland PGI covers the entire area of the Netherlands.
Edam Holland is an example of the great Dutch diary culture which has developed since the Middle Ages and achieved its top in the 17th century, also called the "Golden Century". Its importance was confirmed at the beginning of the 20th century with important results which were achieved at a national level. In fact, new laws and the Edam Holland designation were established through the Landbouwkwaliteitsbeschikking kaasproducten, meaning the decision on the agricultural quality of diary products. The product is still internationally famous and an element that enhances the farm milk.
The peculiarities of Edam Holland PGI are linked to the geographic area of production which is mainly under sea level and is characterised by a maritime climate and clayey and sandy pasture grounds which contribute to the production of high quality milk.
Edam Holland PGI, depending on the type and the weight, can be round in shape or as bread or a parallelepiped. The top sides are flattened and the rind is smooth and compact. The colour is uniform and the dough has variable tones, from ivory to yellow, with small holes which are more numerous for the Bros type (which is strong and friable). Plus, the flavour varies depending on type and seasoning, from delicate to spicy.
The product is sold as Edam Holland PGI, in the types Baby Edam, with a maximum weight of 1.5 kg; Edam Bros, from 1.5 to 2.5 kg; Edam Stip, from 1.5 to 2.5 kg. Plus Edam Holland PGI can be found on the market in different weights and shapes: from 1.5 to 2.5 kg and a round shape; parallelepiped shaped with a maximum weight of 20 kg; with a shape of large bread weighing from 4 to 5 kg; with the shape of small bread between 2 and 3 kg. It is marketed whole or in pieces.
It can be eaten raw in slices, grated and melted, served with bread and bier, put in raw mushroom salads or with fresh fruit with the addition of dry fruit. The Edam Holland PGI based creams, omelettes or soufflés, gratin and tarts are very tasty.
Edam Holland PGI has to be stored in a cool and dry place, in the least cold shelf of refrigerator wrapped in food paper so to avoid that its quality and aroma could be affected by odours.
PGI (Protected Geographical Indication)(ES). The protected geographical indications (PGI) identify an agricultural product, raw or processed, which quality, reputation or other characteristics are linked to its geographical origin. Year of registration 2010
312 - 357 kcal per 100 gr.
24.5 - 28.57 gr. per 100 gr.
24 - 25 gr. per 100 gr.
48 - 52 %
0.5 - 3.57 gr. per 100 gr.
2.4 gr. per 100 gr.
14.29 - 16 gr. per 100 gr.
71 mg. per 100 gr.
750 mg. ( – 15% )*
799 - 1000 mg. ( + 11% )*
*(the difference from the average value)
6,6 - Individual visits per month (average)
222 - All individual visits
22 09 2016 - Date of publication of this article
03 01 2017 - Date of last edit