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sheep cheese with little worms

Similar to Sardinia's casu marzu, cacio marcetto a pecorino that has been infested with the larvae of cheese flies, who give it a wonderfully creamy texture. When they are done, the cheese is broken up and exposed to air; the grubs are removed and the cheese is stored in earthenware jars. It's a powerful, spicy cheese, mostly made in the province of Teramo, and in the Ark of Taste.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

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