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  • - [Narrator] On the Italian island of Sardinia,

  • there's a delicacy that has been consumed

  • for thousands of years.

  • It is known as the world's most dangerous cheese.

  • Yeah, you heard right.

  • (mellow music)

  • Meet Simone Ibba, a third generation sheep farmer.

  • - [Narrator] Casu marzu literally means rotten cheese,

  • and it's not for the faint of heart,

  • because this cheese is infested

  • with thousands of live maggots.

  • And while that might seem a bit off-putting at first,

  • it's the maggots that give the cheese

  • its distinctive texture and flavor.

  • Here's how it works.

  • First, a traditional wheel of pecorino cheese

  • is made from sheep's milk.

  • Then a special fly called a cheese fly

  • is allowed to lay its eggs in it.

  • - [Narrator] Over the course of two to three months,

  • the maggots eat the cheese, and then excrete it out again,

  • transforming it into the soft and creamy casu marzu.

  • - [Narrator] Today, it's a favorite for special occasions,

  • like weddings and birthday parties.

  • But eating this cheese can be dangerous.

  • - [Narrator] Even though cases like this are extremely rare,

  • it's risky enough that the cheese is illegal to sell.

  • But farmers like Simone continue to make it for themselves.

  • - [Narrator] And they just can't get enough.

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