Casu marzu

Maggot cheese. The weeping cheese of death.

Next in our occasional series of foods “enhanced” by mold, rot or worse: Casu marzu is a Sardinian cheese intentionally infected with maggot larvae, which cause the cheese to ferment rapidly.

Here’s the trick. You have to eat it while the maggots are alive. Once they die, the cheese becomes toxic. Although apparently if you object to having larvae jump off your sandwich while you try to eat it, you can put it in a bag to asphyxiate the maggots and then consume immediately after.

Mangia!

(See also: huitlacoche aka crow’s poop corn, and noble rot aka gnarly grape fungus wine.)

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