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A traditional Dutch, cows" milk, round cheese of little character, versions for export can be recognised by a red waxy covering (whereas in Holland they have a natural golden rind).
The cheese is named after a small port north of Amsterdam and has been made for at least 600 years, as been associated with many stories. One of the best being the Uruguayans once defeated the Argentinians in a naval battle by substituting aged Edams for cannonballs.
The fields around Edam were said to give the cheese special properties, but modern cheeses are factory made from blended milk. See 'Cheese'; 'Gouda'
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