What is Casu Marzu? {Gross Alert}

Casu marzu is a cheese made of sheep’s milk that contains live maggots. The words casu marzu in English literally means “rotten/putrid cheese”.

According to Wikipedia:

“…casu marzu goes above and beyond typical fermentation to a stage of decomposition, brought about by the digestive action of the larvae of the cheese fly Piophila casei. These larvae are deliberately introduced to the cheese, promoting an advanced level of fermentation and breaking down of the cheese’s fats. The texture of the cheese becomes very soft, with some liquid (called lagrima, Sardinian for “tears”) seeping out.”

The inhabitants of this cheese have the ability to JUMP about six inches when disturbed, so it’s best to clear the maggots away before consuming. Some casu marzu eaters, however, do not do that.


BONUS FACT: Pule, or smoked donkey milk cheese, is the most expensive cheese in world at $600 per pound.





What’s in SPAM?

First introduced in 1937, SPAM is a pre-cooked, canned meat product made by the Hormel Foods Corporation. Best known for being a “mystery meat” the ingredients to this product are no mystery. In fact, they’re printed righted on the label: pork shoulder meat, with ham meat added, salt, water, modified potato starch as a binder, sugar, and sodium nitrite as a preservative.

SPAM was named by Ken Daigneau after his product name suggestion won in a product-naming contest hosted by Hormel in 1937. It’s not sure if anyone today knows what the word “Spam” actually means, but it is believed to be short for “spiced ham”, “spare meat”, or “shoulders of pork and ham”. It is also popular belief that SPAM is an acronym standing for “Specially Processed American Meat”.

BONUS FACT: The Waikiki Spam Jam Festival is a street festival that celebrates the people of Hawaii’s love for SPAM. It’s held every year, with the next one scheduled for April 29, 2017.

Before reading this post, what did you think was in SPAM? Let me know in a comment below!




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