The cheese appeared in Holland on the XVI century. It was manufactured in farms near the village of the same name, near Rotterdam. The cheese knew in craze and a fast success. Its production increased with the opening of the industrial dairies at the beginning of the XX century. To determine itq quality, the connoisseurs "sound" it by tapping it. If it sounds height, it means that it's good. He has then its place on the cheese tray. The characteristic of the real Gouda (attention on plagiarisms!): all the grindstones are identified by a patch of caseine. The gouda is sometimes flavoured, mostly with some cumin, but also with seeds of mustard.