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Leerdammer is a Dutch semi-hard cheese made from cow's milk. It has an aging time of around 3–12 months. It has a creamy white texture and was made to be similar in appearance and flavor to Emmental, but it is rounder in taste. It has a sweet and somewhat nutty flavour that becomes more pronounced with age. It also has distinct holes in it. In a past advertisement campaign this was made use in claiming jokingly that "the taste is around the holes".
The cheese was developed by Cees Boterkooper, who owned a small dairy in Schoonrewoerd since 1914, and Bastiaan Baars, who ran a cheese shop in a nearby village. The two met in 1970, and soon afterward decided to collaborate. They worked on a cheese that could compete with Gouda and Edam. Leerdammer was launched in 1977.
- ↑ Community Trade Mark number 3626678, and others. Retrieved 2009-09-27
- ↑ Bel Group NL Company website. Retrieved 2010-06-05
- ↑ Bel Group UK Company website. Retrieved 2009-04-11
- ↑ Bel Group Company website. Retrieved 2009-04-11