Casu Marzu (Italian for: Could You Pass the Illegal Maggot Cheese?)

Casu Marzu:

We normally like to focus on uncovering stealthy food criminals, but when we came across this Italian cheese terrorist, we had to bring it in for questioning. We know what you’re thinking: “Where are the Triscuits, ‘cuz that looks tasty!” Sorry guys, this rare and intentionally maggot-infested cheese party is actually illegal: even in Italy.  That doesn’t stop some dedicated fans.  But we wonder if they know that these super-gnarly fly larvae can survive the acid in your stomach and then make their way to your intestines.  There they set up camp and seek revenge by boring into your intestinal walls like little maggot miners. Still intrigued?  If you don’t mind telling your cellmate “Tiny” that you got five years for eating illegal cheese, here are some tips for your next wine and cheese mixer.

P.S. Don’t forget your protective eye wear, the larvae have a habit of “leaping” with excitement at the prospect of a potential cheese enthusiast.

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One Response to Casu Marzu (Italian for: Could You Pass the Illegal Maggot Cheese?)

  1. Pingback: 7 Banned Foods & The reason for banning them | Consumer Instinct

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