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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  1. All these people critic of this way of making cheese
    I dear you to try it once
    Its delicious
    And the worms blood is cheese too .. it's a symbiotic relationship
    You must know it
    Cause I eated…

  2. Im pretty sure our stomach acid is way to strong for a maggot to survive i dont see at all how its dangerous. Hell ive ate a couple maggots knowing its safe.

  3. cheese maggots not good but hydrogenated oils, High-fructose corn syrup, Artificial sweeteners, Artificial colors, Sodium nitrites and nitrates, Growth hormones, Monosodium glutamate, Butylated hydroxyanisole , butylated hydroxytoluene, antibiotics, pesticides and other shit is ok?

  4. Cheese with no holes
    Cheese with holes = less bacteria
    Cheese with no holes = more bacteria
    Rare cheese with no holes = more maggots and bacteria

  5. Please there's no way on health fly,call fly cheese fly is fly anything you leave on protecting cover fly will do the same thing on it .

  6. Can I have this cheese? It's good looking for spreads and as long as maggots don't carry germs and instead carry lactobacillus protectus…it's probably edible?

  7. What the freak?! Well, my mom once told me a story about her eating casu marzu cheese and that disgust her 😨 now i know why

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