Recipes. A Disgusting Or A Traditional Cheese From Italy? The Casu Marzu Was Banned For Years.
Casu Marzu means rotten cheese, and it’s a perfect name. Do you dare to eat it? Casy Marzu is a traditional sheep milk cheese from the island of Sardinia, Italy. But you can also find it in the nearby Corsica, where it goes by the name of casgiu merzu.
The Casu marzu is notable for containing live insect larvae (maggots). The cheese makers set the cheese outside and allow cheese flies to lay eggs inside of it. The larvae are breaking down of the cheese’s fats and fermenting it. Revolting? What do you think? Tell us your opinion now!
The Casu Marzu was banned for years (no surprise!) Thus, you only could found it in the black market. However, few years ago, it was declared a traditional food and now it’s legal to produce and sell them.
It’s unnecessary to clear those white worms from the cheese before consuming, but some people do it. What a detail!
How to prepare this ‘delicacy’? In the island of Sardinia, the Casu Marzu is considered to be unsafe to eat when the maggots in the cheese have died. Thus, only cheese in which the maggots are still alive is usually eaten. Anyway, allowances are made for cheese that has been refrigerated, which can kill the maggots… A shame!
When the cheese has fermented enough, it is often cut into thin strips and spread on moistened Sardinian flatbread (pane carasau), to be served with a strong red wine. Yummy?
Being serious: once again we can say that preferences vary greatly from one place to another. The culture is huge and we never stop learning enough about our neighbors.
Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you! Summer is coming!