A popular cheese that originated in ancient times. Cheddar cheese was first made in Cheddar, a village in southwest England, and historical records indicate that the cheese has been made since at least the 1100s. A (semi)firm, cow's milk cheese that ranges in flavor from mild to sharp and in color from a natural white to pumpkin orange. Orange cheddars are colored with annatto, a natural dye. Cheddars vary in flavor depending on the length of aging and their origin.