Edam is a semi-hard cheese that originated in the Netherlands, and is named after the town of Edam in the province of North Holland.

Many Dutch immigrants brought the proud traditions of Edam production with them when they settled around Kaukauna, Wisconsin, home of the Arla Foods’ Hollandtown Dairy.

Edam ages and travels well, and does not spoil; it only hardens. These qualities (among others) made it the world's most popular cheese between the 14th and 18th centuries, both at sea and in remote colonies.

Edam has a very mild flavor, is slightly salty or nutty, and has almost no smell when compared to other cheeses. As the cheese ages, its flavor sharpens, and it becomes firmer. Learn more about our Edam product here.