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Have You Seen This? World's 'most dangerous' cheese is infested with maggots — on purpose

By Mary Dalrymple, | Posted - Jan 7th, 2019 @ 1:45pm

ITALY — Are you brave enough to try the world's "most dangerous" cheese?

Casu marzu is a cheese whose name translates to "rotten cheese." It sounds delicious, right? Maybe? OK, well even if you can get past that name, casu marzu is definitely not for the faint of heart. It's a cheese that's so dangerous it's actually illegal to sell.

So I guess if you really want to give daredevil cheese taste-testing a try, you'll need to travel to casu marzu's origin place: Sardinia, Italy.

This video explains some of the history behind this rare cheese, and before you press play, I should warn you: There are a lot of maggots in the video. Because this cheese is literally infested with live maggots. And yes, that's on purpose.

As the video explains, the maggots give casu marzu its "distinct texture and flavor." And if you're still with me after hearing that, keep watching to learn the particularly, um, unique, way in which this cheese is made.

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I'll be honest; I had a hard time making it through the whole video, so I can confidently say I will not be trying casu marzu any time soon, or ever. But to the people of Sardinia, it's a delicacy. It takes about two to three months to be ready, so they eat it for special occasions like birthdays and weddings. And according to Simone Ibba, a sheep farmer whose family has been making and eating casu marzu for generations, "it's to die for."

So what do you think? Would you be willing to give this potentially delicious but maggot-filled cheese a try? Let us know in the comments, and feel free to tell us about the most unique food you've ever tried.

Mary Dalrymple

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