The most important Dutch cheese, Gouda is made from whole milk. It is a pressed, uncooked cheese, with a firm straw-coloured interior, scattered with small irregular holes. Gouda wheels range from mild to extra aged (Dutch Master). As it matures, Gouda becomes darker in colour, firmer in texture and much tangier, with a fuller, richer flavour and a more pronounced, spicy aroma. It is presented as wheels, rindless blocks and shred. Spiced and light versions and smoked process logs are also available. Gouda is an excellent cooking cheese at all stages of its maturity and can also be enjoyed at any meal or as a snack.