Food/Drink The Best Hard Cheese  

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If you're a cheese lover who values bold flavor, this list is for you. Hard cheeses are some of the most popular types of cheese around the world, and it's not hard to see why. These varieties are packed firm and aged for prolonged periods of time. The process gives the cheeses a dense, hard texture and a distinctive sharp taste. Many hard cheeses are traditionally tasted in small amounts as an accent to savory dishes. But travel the globe to countries like France, Italy, and America, and you'll find these delicious hard cheeses enjoyed on their own, too.

What varieties will you find on this list of the best hard cheeses? Cheddar, which was originally produced in England, is a tasty cheese that makes the perfect ingredient in any sandwich. The sharpness and texture of this good hard cheese are determined by its aging time. Parmesan cheese is another go-to hard cheese that's frequently grated. When it comes to a hard cheese perfect for melting, it doesn't get much better than Gouda. Other options featured on this top hard cheeses list include Pecorino Romano, Colby, and Emmental cheese.

Which hard cheese do you like the best? Vote your favorites up to the top of this list by giving them a thumbs up, and please add any delicious hard cheeses that are missing.

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Parmesan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Parmesan Italy

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273 83
Cheddar cheese is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Cheddar United Kingdom, Ireland, England

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134 30
Parmigiano-Reggiano is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hard Cheese

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Gouda cheese is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Gouda cheese Netherlands

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Pecorino Romano is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hard Cheese

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102 28
Gruyère cheese is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Gruyère cheese Switzerland

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114 40
Colby cheese is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Colby United States of America

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99 32
Colby-Jack is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Colby-Jack United States of America

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70 30
Manchego is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Manchego Spain

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62 26
Monterey Jack is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Monterey Jack United States of America

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45 15
Edam is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Edam Netherlands

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Emmental cheese is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Emmental cheese Switzerland

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Comté cheese is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Comté cheese France

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Mimolette is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Mimolette France, Netherlands, Belgium

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Zamorano cheese is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Zamorano Spain

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10 6
Cheshire cheese is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Cheshire England

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bandaged goat cheddar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
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Gloucester cheese is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Double Gloucester United Kingdom, England

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Cantal cheese is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hard Cheese
Cantal cheese France