Eye Cheeses - Tips & Facts

Named for their characteristic holes or 'eyes', these cheeses have a smooth texture and sweet, nutty flavour that lingers on the palate. Eye cheeses with a rind are often coated in wax to protect the cheese and give it a distinctive appearance; for example, Edam is traditionally coated in red wax and Gouda in yellow wax.

Serving Suggestions:
  • Great on a cheeseboard.
  • Grill on toast or in sandwiches, foccacias or hamburgers.
  • Cube and add to your favourite salad.
  • Shave or grate into salads, soups, quiches, tarts and frittata.
  • Use as a fondue base.
Short Orders:
  • Sprinkle shredded South Cape Gouda or Edam over a spicy herb and mushroom omelette.
Wine Matching:

Chardonnay, Semillon, cool climate Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Grenache, dessert or fortified wine.

Selection and Storage:
  • Eye style cheeses can keep for up to several weeks in the refrigerator.
  • Store by covering only the exposed face of the cheese in plastic wrap as this allows the rind to continue to breath.
  • Note the ‘best before’ date. The shelf life will vary depending upon the age of the cheese when purchased.
  • Freezing is not recommended unless grated and stored in an airtight freezer bag.
  • Serve at room temperature for optimum flavour development.
  • Remove wax prior to consumption.