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    Bigbazza Guest

    Default World's Most Dangerous Cheese?.......

    Just how well do any of you here love your cheese?
    Bigbazza (Barry) Oz

    Casu Marzu: World's Most Dangerous Cheese?

    Casu Marzu is not your average cheese lover's cheese. The name of this
    Sardinian specialty literally translates to "rotten cheese." And if that's
    not to scare you away, how about a few thousand wriggling maggots?

    That's right. Casu Marzu, otherwise known as walking cheese, is an Italian
    sheep's milk variety with a little something extra. You could say it's
    alive. Very alive.

    How Casu Marzu is Made
    Casu Marzu begins as Pecorino Sardo (Fiore Sardo), a cheese that's typically
    soaked in brine, smoked, and left to ripen in the cheese cellars of central
    Sardinia. But to produce Casu Marzu, cheese makers set the Pecorino Sardo
    outside in the open - uncovered - and allow cheese flies (scientifically
    named Piophila casei) to lay eggs inside of it.

    As the eggs hatch into a myriad of white transparent maggots, they feed on
    the cheese. By doing so, they produce enzymes that promote fermentation and
    cause fats within the Casu Marzu to decompose.

    Sometimes, cuts are made into the rind of Pecorino Sardo and already-hatched
    maggots are introduced into the cheese. This speeds the whole cheese making
    process along.

    How Casu Marzu Tastes
    Casu Marzu is a local delicacy in very high demand. It's a highly pungent,
    super soft cheese that oozes tears ("lagrima"), and fittingly so, as it
    tends to burn on the tongue.

    Some say Casu Marzu tastes like an extremely ripe Gorgonzola. That is, of
    course, without the savoury blue veins and with a whole lot of larva. One
    piece of Casu Marzu may be populated by thousands of living, breathing

    In fact, local Sardinians will tell you the spicy, creamy cheese is only
    okay to eat if the maggots are still moving. Apparently, once the maggots
    are dead, the Casu Marzu has gone bad - decayed to a point that's too toxic
    for human consumption.

    Is Casu Marzu Dangerous?
    Casu Marzu has been declared illegal and not in compliance with EU hygienic
    standards. It is banned by Italian health laws and not sold in shops. In
    addition to numerous anecdotal reports of allergic reaction (including
    burning, crawling skin sensations that last for days), there is increasing
    concern of risk for enteric myiasis, or intestinal larval infection.

    Once ingested, it's possible for the Piophila casei larvae to pass through
    the human stomach without dying (sometimes stomach acids aren't enough to
    kill them). In that case, the maggots may take up residency in the
    intestines for some time. They can cause serious lesions and bore through
    intestinal walls, resulting in abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and bloody

    Despite the health warnings, people in Sardinia say they've been eating Casu
    Marzu for hundreds of years without any problem. In fact, the Italian cheese
    is often brought out for special occasions like birthdays, bachelor parties,
    and weddings. According to folklore, Casu Marzu is even an aphrodisiac.

    Casu Marzu Buying & Serving Tips
    Casu Marzu cannot be legally sold in Italy, but mountain shepherds continue
    to produce it in small quantities for the black market. It's often kept
    under the table, but only for the most trusted customers. Selling or serving
    it is punishable by a hefty fine.

    If you find yourself with strong stomach and a local Sardinian connection,
    Casu Marzu may be procured - for about twice the price per pound as regular
    Pecorino. It's generally served with thin slices of Sardinian bread (pane
    carasau) and a strong, red wine called Cannonau.

    One final note of caution, some people wear eye protection when eating Casu
    Marzu: the maggots are known to jump as high as six inches and straight
    toward the eyeballs with exact precision. At a minimum, make a maggot
    sandwich and shield your eyes with your hand as you take a bite.

    Buono appetito!

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    WTF Guest

    Default Re: World's Most Dangerous Cheese?.......

    On Fri, 19 Feb 2010 15:09:07 +1100, "Bigbazza" <[email protected]>

    >Just how well do any of you here love your cheese?


    You just love to quote Wikipedia don't you, as well some of what you
    quoted is wrong but you knew that didn't you.

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    Bigbazza Guest

    Default Re: World's Most Dangerous Cheese?.......

    "WTF" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > On Fri, 19 Feb 2010 15:09:07 +1100, "Bigbazza" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >>Just how well do any of you here love your cheese?

    > <snip>
    > You just love to quote Wikipedia don't you, as well some of what you
    > quoted is wrong but you knew that didn't you.

    WTF!!....Didn't you bother to check the URL before you posted your Sh*t

    It is from a 'Cheese Web Site, Buddy!!
    Bigbazza (Barry) Oz

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