As for the presence of Dutch cheese in Mexico, the history isn’t clear, but there are several legends involving either wealthy hacienda owners bringing it back from European trips, or a ship headed to the Dutch Antilles crashing on Mexico’s Caribbean coast and the hard, wax-encased cheese popping up on beaches across the Yucatan. Whatever the origin, Mérida loves the cheese. It is used in countless dishes, including queso relleno, a whole wheel of Edam stuffed with pork, nuts, and tomatoes and cooked with a hearty sauce. There’s even a Queso De Bola Fair that started in 2019. I’m just happy that the cheese arrived to create marquesitas. You can find them all over the Yucatan, but this treat wouldn’t have become famous without the contributions of Mérida’s inventive and unique cuisine.