It is one of the most popular cheeses in the world, accounting for 50 to 60% of the world’s cheese consumption.
It is a semi-hard cheese celebrated for its rich, unique flavour and smooth texture.
Since the name is not protected, it has become a generic classification for all cheeses produced and sold under the name Gouda.
There are seven different types of Gouda cheese, categorized depending on age.
Graskaas is young Gouda ready to be consumed within weeks of production.
On the other hand, is the extra aged, Overjarig cheese which has a full-flavored, hard, golden interior and salty flavor reminiscent of toffee.
Between the spectrums is a variety of Dutch Gouda’s classified as per the texture and age – Jong, Jong belegen, Belegen, Extra belegen, and Oud.
Each cheese gets increasingly firmer in texture and richer in flavor than earlier classification.