Mmmmm: Rare Artisan Cheese Infested With Live Maggots

January 4, 2019

This is a Great Big Story video detailing the production of 'Casu marzu' (literally, rotten cheese) in Sardinia. It's a wheel of pecorino cheese that's been exposed to cheese flies, which lay their eggs in it and, four to five months later, have overrun the cheese with their maggots who have made it all goopy and creamy and allegedly delicious from constantly eating and excreting it. Bon appétit!

What starts off as a regular wheel of pecorino is then visited by cheese flies that lay their eggs inside, giving the formaggio its signature zing. But, with a nickname like 'the world's most dangerous cheese," you can be sure that along with the cheese comes some risky business. Still, a handful of artisans continue to produce the traditional cheese, cementing its status in Sardinian culture.

Because of the potential health risks involved with ingesting live maggots, producers of the cheese are prohibited by the government from selling it, so they only make it for family and friends and me, which I then sell out of the back of a car. I'm kidding, I'm not into black market casu marzu. I'm sorry, I love fancy artisanal cheeses as much as the next connoisseur, but-- "Have you ever even had any other cheese besides string?" Only Kraft Singles.

Keep going for the fascinating video.

Thanks to K Diddie, who agrees the best cheese has been and always will be spray cheese.

  • MustacheHam

    hmm...cheesy maggot caca on crackers.
    I'll just stick with bee vomit, thank you.

  • Tigerh8r

    Some guys were sitting around drinking and looking at the Mediterranean and one of them says, "You know, Americans are so rich and stupid that the French put water in a bottle and gave it a French name and the Americans actually buy it."

    The other guy says, "Hold my beer, I think there's some cheese in that dumpster..."

  • Douchy McDouche

    I tried this. You know that saying "you are what you eat"? Technically those maggots are completely made of cheese. But I wouldn't eat this again. Looking at those worms writhing around in my poop wasn't the greatest 60 minutes of my life.

  • James Mcelroy

    why did you look at worms in your poop for 60 minutes?

  • Douchy McDouche

    You had to be there.

  • Megatron Jenkins
  • lushkneebumbuild

    what if they irradiated the cheese like they sometimes do when shipping fruit, kill the maggots
    https://www.fda.gov/food/re...

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    In my mind, I heard Elmer Fudd singing, "KILL THE MAGGOT! KILL THE MAGGOT!"

  • Megatron Jenkins

    I lol'd, getting the whole busful of people to turn and stare at me!

  • lushkneebumbuild

    but if you just wait a few more days so the maggots hatch as flies(which then fly away) then you wouldn't be eating live maggots, then it should be ok right?

  • nitwit

    The minute someone says Delicacy the Red Flag goes up.

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.
  • Talon184

    Erg....please post something ... anything ... so this is pushed down and I can't see it when Geekologie loads.

    Excuse me......gonna go throw up again....

  • Eric Ord

    The Geekologie message boards, am I right people???

  • I can think of at least one maggot.

  • Eric Ord

    That dirty bastard Ollie_Williams!

  • Dani

    "The cheese is to die for"... literally!

  • Doog

    I like cheese as much as the next guy, but this is snapped

  • Ghost Pirates

    That "extra zing" is maggot poop and skin-molt.

  • James Mcelroy

    mmm...skin-molt.

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