Monday, October 8, 2007
I Guess It's Gross Food Day
Here's a little info about a food so disgusting (to Americans) that many people believe it's a hoax. It's NOT.
Casu marzu is a cheese found in Sardinia, Italy, notable for being riddled with live insect larvae. Casu marzu means "rotten cheese" in Sardinian and is known colloquially as maggot cheese.
[Cheese fly] larvae are deliberately introduced to the cheese, promoting an advanced level of fermentation and breaking down of the cheese's fats. The texture of the cheese becomes very soft, with some liquid seeping out. The larvae themselves appear as translucent white worms, about 1/3 inch long. When disturbed, the larvae can jump for distances up to 6 inches, prompting recommendations of eye protection for those eating the cheese. Some people clear the larvae from the cheese before consuming; others do not.
(Below: Behold the majestic maggot cheese.)