Holland is well known for its rich, fertile land where cows are farmed in abundance. One thing to come out of these dairy farms, that the Dutch are very fond of, is cheese.
If you plan to visit Holland you will find cheese included on nearly every meal, be at breakfast, a bite for brunch, lunch, an afternoon light bite, or dinner. If you are an avid lover of cheese, Holland makes the perfect getaway.
Most countries have regional food specialism, however Holland is slightly different. Rather than having different types of food that come from different regions, it is all about the cheese. Holland will have different cheeses that come from different regions, all offering something a little unique. This is why the cheese is used so much in their meals, as it gives the dish a little something different.
If you are planning on visiting Holland, you may want to make your stay in Amsterdam. It provides easy access to the different cheese regions of the country, whether by car or train. Venere.com is a good place to start if you want to check out local Amsterdam accommodation.
Here are the types of cheese you should keep a look out for:
This is the most popular cheese in Holland, and you may be already familiar with it. However, you should visit the country of origin in order to understand that it can be quite different from what you may be eating back home. Gouda is categorised by how long it has aged. For example, if you choose a Gouda jong this means that it has aged for one month, but if you like a longer aged Gouda then you should look out for; Gouda overjarig (one year, or more). The Dutch Gouda starts out as very mild and creamy, however the longer it ages and develops the drier and more intense it becomes.
Finding the right local cheese
Amsterdam is a great location to find all the local cheese on offer at a variety of specialist cheese shops. Here you will find cheese from a number of different farms and regions, all offering something a little different for your taste buds.
Tromp is a good place to start, the staff there are on hand to guide you through what cheeses are available. You can even try before you buy, or ask them to put your cheese choice on to one of their delicious baguettes.
Heading out of Amsterdam
Being the cheese capital of the world, Holland has a number of traditional cheese markets in which you can visit. Cheese markets in Alkmaar, Edam, Hoorn, Gouda and Woerden are the five traditional cheese markets that Holland has on offer.
Please bear in mind that these traditional cheese markets are only open from late spring till early autumn, and during this time they can get very busy especially in Gouda and Woerden that are still functioning trade centres.
So, if you are a cheese lover, then Holland is the place for you.