This Rare Cheese Is Infested With Live Maggots


(mellow music) – [Narrator] On the
Italian island of Sardinia, there’s a delicacy that has been consumed for thousands of years. It is known as the world’s
most dangerous cheese. Yeah, you heard right. (mellow music) Meet Simone Ibba, a third
generation sheep farmer. – [Narrator] Casu marzu
literally means rotten cheese, and it’s not for the faint of heart, because this cheese is infested with thousands of live maggots. And while that might seem
a bit off-putting at first, it’s the maggots that give the cheese its distinctive texture and flavor. Here’s how it works. First, a traditional
wheel of pecorino cheese is made from sheep’s milk. Then a special fly called a cheese fly is allowed to lay its eggs in it. – [Narrator] Over the
course of two to three months, the maggots eat the cheese,
and then excrete it out again, transforming it into the
soft and creamy casu marzu. – [Narrator] Today, it’s a
favorite for special occasions, like weddings and birthday parties. But eating this cheese can be dangerous. – [Narrator] Even though cases
like this are extremely rare, it’s risky enough that the
cheese is illegal to sell. But farmers like Simone continue
to make it for themselves. – [Narrator] And they
just can’t get enough.

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