Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Casu Marzu

Found in Sardinia, in Italy, casu marzu is a cheese that is home to live insect larvae. These larvae are deliberately added to the cheese to promote a level of fermentation that is close to decomposition, at which point the cheese’s fats are broken down. The tiny, translucent worms can jump up to half a foot if disturbed, which explains why some people prefer to brush off the insects before enjoying a spoonful of the pungent cheese.

I post this for no reason other than to make durian look downright tasty (see my previous post).

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