Definition: Gruyère

Gruyère (pronounced groo-yehr)
A type of Swiss, moderate-fat cheese made from cow's milk. It has a rich, sweet, nutty flavor that is excellent for both eating out of the hand and cooking. Gruyère, with its golden brown rind and firm pale yellow interior is usually aged for 10-12 months. It's made in 100 pound wheels that are cut into wedges for wholesale. Not only produced in Switzerland, gruyère is made in France and several other countries.