The usual weight of Edam is approximately 2 kg. The cheese has a fat content of 40% in the dry matter, as it is made from skimmed milk. Edam is also available in 1 kg size known as a `Baby Edam'. This cheese is also produced with cumin seeds giving it a spicy and aromatic flavour, and has an orange wax coating. Green waxed Edam denotes garden herbs. They are both available in 2 kg and 1 kg balls.
The taste of Edam cheese differs according to its age, although the Edam cheese
most widely available is sold when approximately 6 weeks old and is well-known
and appreciated for its mild flavour and smooth texture. However, when Edam
`ages' or matures its flavour becomes more robust and is easy to distinguish
from the younger Gouda as it is blaack-waxed.