Casu Marzu

The preparation of this cheese is quite simple. Just wrap it in cheesecloth and leave it outside. The cheese fly, piophila casei, will soon find it and turn it into a hatchery. Once the larvae have hatched they feed on the cheese and cause the cheese to partially decompose. It is then eaten maggots and all.
If the decomposition is allowed to continue for too long the cheese becomes toxic. Another problem is the larvae can pass through the stomach and embed itself in the intestinal lining of the consumer.

Never tried it – never will.


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