So is it Goo-da or Gow-da? Where does it come from and what makes it different? Learn about the importance of UK artisan cheesemakers and what we can all do to support local farmers.
Gow-da or Goo-da?
Officially, Gouda is pronounced the Dutch way with a guttural "g" which sounds more like a "h"...
Unfortunately, this means most of the gouda related cheese puns are a bit, well... incorrect. They were always too gouda to be true.
Gouda has been produced in the Netherlands since the 12th Century and according to Taste Atlas is the 6th most popular cheese in the world today. Traditionally, it's produced using unpasteurised cows milk and coated in yellow wax that prevents it drying out and to aid its maturity.
The younger the Gouda the sweeter and fruitier, and the mature more complex flavours vary, with hints of groundnut and cocoa.
Artisan UK cheesemakers have recently made a resurgence as part of a broader renewed interest in local produce. It's estimated that there are over 200 artisan cheesemakers in the UK. These cheesemakers nurture the entire process, from the food they give to their herd to the traditional techniques involved that have been passed down through history.
These smaller cheesemakers typically have far less carbon footprint and impact on the environment, compared with industrial-scale cheese production. Buying direct from cheesemakers is always the best way.
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