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Edam Cheese vs Gorgonzola Cheese

Edam Cheese

Edam is a semi-hard Dutch cheese that is recognizable by its typically red or yellow wax coating. Made from partially skimmed cow's milk, it has a mild, slightly salty flavor and a firm but creamy texture. Edam ages well and does not spoil; instead, it hardens, which makes it an excellent cheese for long-term storage.

Gorgonzola Cheese

Gorgonzola is one of the world's oldest blue-veined cheeses, produced in Northern Italy. It's rich and creamy with a sharp, piquant flavor that varies depending on its age. Gorgonzola can be spicy (Piccante) or sweet (Dolce), with the latter being softer and less aged.

Comparing the Two Cheeses

Certification

Many cheeses have some kind of protected status that makes it so they can only be produced in a certain manner and location. Edam is not a protected cheese. Gorgonzola Cheese has a PDO (1996).

Milk Type and Treatment

Edam Cheese is made with cow milk that is typically pasteurized. Gorgonzola Cheese is made with cow milk that is typically pasteurized.

Composition and Texture

Edam's texture can be described as "rubber-textured to crystalline". Gorgonzola's texture can be described as "soft to crumbly".

Flavor and Aroma

Edam Cheese has a sweet, milky, nutty, buttery flavor. Gorgonzola Cheese has a sweet to savory flavor.

Appearance and Aging

Edam Cheese's appearance is colored red , is available in round and is aged 3 months to longer . Gorgonzola Cheese has a color of straw-white, blue-green veins , comes in 13 to 26 pounds and has an aging period of 2 to 3 months .

Rind and Rennet Type

Edam Cheese's rind is described as smooth, waxed . Gorgonzola Cheese's rind is described as none .

Edam Cheese Gorgonzola Cheese
Country of Origin Netherlands Italy
Specific Origin North of Holland Lombardy, Piedmont
Certification None PDO (1996)
Milk Type Cow's Milk Cow’s milk
Milk Treatment Mostly pasteurized Pasteurized
Rind Smooth, waxed None
Texture Rubber-textured to crystalline Soft to crumbly
Flavor Sweet, milky, nutty, buttery Sweet to savory
Colors Red Straw-white, blue-green veins
Forms Round 13 to 26 pounds
Age 3 months to longer 2 to 3 months
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