The Clicking of Maggots

20 Jun

Now, we’ve established many times that I’m a wee bit picky with food texture and taste. I’m not big on new weird flavours. Don’t mix different things up in food. I don’t like extremes of taste. I don’t like moldy cheese, things that smell like feet, or really really spicy food.

But this? This is FAR too much for me:

Italy’s casu frazigu takes the concept of smelly cheese to new heights (or depths). When it’s cut, thousands of maggots crawl out. The mess is smeared on flatbread and washed down with red wine. On his way to taste some, Marcone could smell it as he approached the door and heard the clicking of maggots against the cheese container six metres away.

Yes, you read that right. (And you can read the rest of the article here.) MAGGOTS. As in future flies, things we generally try to not eat, and keep away from our food.

I looked it up, on Wikipedia like any good internet savvy curious girl. I wish would have resisted. From the wiki:

“When disturbed, the larvae can jump for distances up to 15 cm (6 inches), prompting recommendations of eye protection for those eating the cheese. Some people clear the larvae from the cheese before consuming; others do not.”

Yaroslav Trofimov, in the August 23, 2000 edition of The Wall Street Journal, describes the cheese as “a viscous, pungent goo that burns the tongue and can affect other parts of the body.”

Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but shouldn’t we be attempting to stay AWAY from larve in our food? Dead, or removed? Do you want maggot poo in your cheese?

What drives someone to think this is a good idea? Here I thought eating brains was disgusting, but lo and behold, someone takes it up a notch.

And here I was wondering why I was feeling so nauseous today.

19 Responses to “The Clicking of Maggots”

  1. bine June 20, 2007 at 3:22 pm #

    blech. i usually like italian food, but this is too much.
    certainly good reading to start a diet.

  2. Marcy June 20, 2007 at 3:31 pm #

    B L E G G H !!!!

  3. CamiKaos June 20, 2007 at 3:33 pm #


    thank you, I may not be eating ANY kind of cheese for a while and that is sure to be good for my health.

  4. Oh, The Joys June 20, 2007 at 3:48 pm #

    We have to draw the LINE HERE. Ew. Crazy cheese!

  5. Jhianna June 20, 2007 at 3:56 pm #

    That is the most disgusting thing I’ve ever not thought about. Really. NaNaNaNaNa I am not thinking about that NaNaNaNaNa

    (don’t make me put my fingers in my ears/eyes, cause I will do it. ewwww)

  6. thordora June 20, 2007 at 3:59 pm #

    There’s a picture, sans maggots thankfully. But it STILL looks like death. I bet it tastes like Satan.

  7. Netter June 20, 2007 at 4:05 pm #

    remember that scene in poltergeist? Why would someone choose to eat that?

  8. Amy June 20, 2007 at 4:26 pm #

    I am speechless. I will eat mostly anything and have a stomach of iron…. but…. OMIGODGROSSGROSSGROSS!!!!

  9. Radioactive Jam June 20, 2007 at 4:44 pm #

    Wonder if someone has a .wav file…

  10. Jennnifer June 20, 2007 at 4:53 pm #

    Um. Ick.

    That rates up there with the baby duck embryo eggs.


  11. radicalmama June 20, 2007 at 5:13 pm #

    I resent you fo ruining my appetite. I am just about to make dinner too…

  12. thordora June 20, 2007 at 5:15 pm #

    You all love me. Admit it.

  13. cherylann June 20, 2007 at 5:18 pm #

    OMFG… I think I just threw up in my mouth a little. I LOVE cheese, but that is the worst thing I’ve ever heard of.

  14. Sonia June 20, 2007 at 5:23 pm #

    That is completely nasty.

  15. Flo June 20, 2007 at 6:24 pm #

    I’m sorry, but I saw the word “maggot” and I just couldn’t read whatever it was you wrote. No reading about maggots in food for me, thank you.

  16. hello insomnia June 20, 2007 at 6:43 pm #

    Even though that’s the grossest thing I’ve read today, it’s much better than the paperwork I’ve had to rile through.

  17. bon June 20, 2007 at 10:15 pm #

    i am hiding news of this from Dave, or he will decide he needs some. our kitchen currently stinks of the blue cheese he decided would be nice melted on his supper. ick. thpppth

  18. karriew June 21, 2007 at 1:30 pm #

    I’m all about stinky cheese, but that is too much for me. Ugh.


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