Buyer's guide

Cheese from Edam itself will be labelled Noord-Hollandse Edammer. There are also low-fat and vegetarian Edams available, both coated in the same red wax as the standard cheese. Edam with a green wax coating will have been flavoured with herbs; brown wax indicates a peppercorn-flavoured cheese; and orange wax a cumin-flavoured one. Mature Edam, which will have been aged for six months, giving it a drier, harder texture, is sold with a black wax coating.