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I had never heard of this cheese. I don't think I'll be trying it.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casu_Marzu

Casu marzu (also called casu modde, casu cundhídu, or in Italian formaggio marcio) is a traditional sheep milk cheese, notable for being riddled with live insect larvae. Although outlawed there for health reasons, it is found mainly in Sardinia, Italy on the black market. Casu marzu literally means "rotten cheese" in Sardinian and is known colloquially as maggot cheese.

Derived from Pecorino, Casu marzu goes beyond typical fermentation to a stage most would consider decomposition, brought about by the digestive action of the larvae of the cheese fly Piophila casei. These 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 (called lagrima, from the Sardinian for "tears") seeping out. The larvae themselves appear as translucent white worms, about 8 millimetres (0.31 in) long. When disturbed, the larvae can launch themselves for distances up to 15 centimetres (6 in). Some people clear the larvae from the cheese before consuming; others do not.

The Washington Post included a Wall Street Journal article[1] on casu marzu as one the "weirdest news" stories of 2000.[2]
 

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Bleck. I've heard of it. (On a show about extreme foods). From what I remember that cheese was 'developed' during a famine(forget which one), and you know, waste not, want not and the rest is history.
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