Edam – City of Most Famous Cheese Producers

Carrying Edam Cheese to the market

 

Edam is a small traditional town in the province of Noord Holland in the Netherlands. Edam name is derived from a dam at the Ije river where people firstly live and finally give a name IJedam. Edam is famous as a producer of Edam cheese.
Edam cheese originate from the city of Edam is the second most popular cheese in the world after Gouda cheese. Edam cheese have semi-hard texture round shape weighs up to 2 kilograms. Outside Netherlands, the cheese can be easily recognized from it red wrapper characteristic.

Visiting Edam you will can enjoy the fresh air of Dutch countryside that still holds traditions and culture of Old-Dutch everyday life. no wonder in this city you can still find people with traditional Dutch clothing.

One tourist attraction in the town Edam is the cheese as a souvenir and also its traditional cheese markets. Traditional cheese market in Edam city held  only in certain times. This outdoor performances can only be done at the time where the weather is not too cold. Edam cheese market starts daily in July and ends in August from 10:30 until 12:30.

Two Man Carry Edam Cheese in Traditional Clothes

Two Man Carry Edam Cheese in Traditional Clothes

Hundreds of Edam Cheese

Hundreds of Edam Cheese

Entering ​​Edam cheese Market area at sunny day attracts many local and foreign tourists to be here. Not surprisingly, in these location looks very crowded by tourists during holidays.

This Traditional cheese market is complemented by the appearance of a tourist guide woman in the middle of the square which continuously telling the traditions ongoing in several languages using loudspeaker. In addition, some young Dutch woman in traditional dress will carry a bag contains several pieces of cheese and walk toward the audience and offer it to be bought.

It seems the Dutch geographical conditions cause many plants including grass as a dairy cows food can produce the best quality cheese. Their water channels, river and well-organized water flow throughout the Netherlands causing cheese trade transportation can run smoothly.

Overall, At the entire territory Netherlands we can found many places as a factory for cheese production. Cheese made traditionally by Native Dutch or farmer known as Boerenkaas and cheese made by factory with modern technology called Fabriekskaas.

Dutch cheese, especially Edam seems famous not only because its consistent taste but also because of the support of the integrated tourism promotion between the traditional and the modern.

If you are a true cheese lover then Edam is one of tourist destination of Netherlands that you should not miss. The following is a map to the city of Edam.

Photos of Edam – City of Cheese

Carrying Edam Cheese to the market

Carrying Edam Cheese to the market

Edam Cheese Shop

Edam Cheese Shop

Traditional Edam Cheese Seller

Traditional Edam Cheese Seller

Edam Cheese

Edam Cheese

Edam Cheese at the Factory

Edam Cheese at the Factory

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