Gouda Organic Farmhouse "Wilde Weide" Old 12 months PGI
Wilde Weide is a Dutch Boerenkaas (farmhouse) Gouda organically produced by Jan and Roos van Schie on their family farm "Boerderij de Eenzaamheid" near Warmond, South Holland.
The farm, which was originally built in the 1700s, is situated on a polder (lake island), called Zwanburgerpolder within the ‘green heart’ of the Netherlands, famed for its beauty and rich agricultural landscape. The unpasteurised milk comes from the van Schie’s own organic Montbéliarde cows, considered to be uncommon in the Netherlands, however the brothers were inspired to make cheese using this less popular breed after tasting local cheeses on a family holiday in Franche-Comté.
Wilde Weide, which translates to “wild meadow,” reflecting the diet that the small herd of cows enjoy which includes a rich variety of grasses, flowers and herbs that are naturally and biodynamically grown in the meadows of the farm and is produced in small quantities of no more than a dozen per week.
This cheese, which has been matured for around 12 months, consists of a firm, straw yellow paste with a few well-shaped eyes and a speckling of amino acid crystals. On the palate the cheese has a distinct texture, crumbling into fine fragments before melting completely. The cheese is creamy smooth and mildly sharp, with notes of hazelnut, butter, whey and whisky, and a long finish.
Serving and Cooking Suggestions
● paired with a Dubbel, stout, Chardonnay, Riesling, tawny port, highland scotch
● on its own or plain with fruits, crackers, wholegrain bread and mustard
● grate on cooked vegetables or combine with potato and rice dishes
● use in canapes
Ingredients: raw organic cow milk, salt, starter culture, rennet
Allergens: milk protein