Foods You Love Only if You Were Raised On Them

Written by Keren Mikva

Casu Marzu

Cheeses span a wide variety of flavors and textures, and there are many that only the most sophisticated pallet can enjoy (or unsophisticated, depending on how you view it). But how many cheeses have their legality questioned? Casu marzu is a traditional Sardinian cheese made from sheep’s milk. The cheese is filled with live insect larvae that are supposed to soften the cheese and lower the fat content. If you eat the maggots when they have already died, the cheese becomes toxic, so Casu marzu connoisseurs have to be careful to chow down early, while being careful the larvae don’t jump into their faces. Yum?