Gouda is the best known Dutch cheese, with rounded adges and a creamy consistency. It is made in large wheels weighing 5kg-60kg. Leiden cheese is a little dryer than Gouda, with cumin blended throughout. Both Leiden and Frisian cheeses have a rounded and a square side. Frisian cheeses have cloves added, as well. Edam is also somewhat dryer than Gouda and is made in a round form. Some cheese like Maasdam ressembles Swiss cheese, with large holes that appear during the ripening process and a sweet, nutty flavour. This is because it contains the same bacteria the Swiss add to Emmental.

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