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Dutch Leyden

Dutch Leyden

Cheese Type

Named after the Dutch city of Leiden and sometimes called Komijnekaas, this cheese is made with semi-skimmed cow’s milk. Boulder-shaped, it has a brushed, natural rind which is either rubbed with annatto (a natural dye extracted from the seed of the annatto bush) or "painted" with red plastic or wax. 

The curd is coloured with annatto and mixed with cumin seeds before being pressed and washed in brine. The cumin provides an enticing aromatic flavour that contrasts well with the creamy, nutty character of the cheese. 

Similar in texture to gouda but slightly drier, a genuine Leyden cheese is identified by a rind imprint of the city’s emblem; the famous crossed keys.

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