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Presenter: On the Italian island of Sardinia, there's a delicacy that's been consumed for thousands of years. It is known as the world's most dangerous cheese. Yeah, you heard right.
Meet Simone Ibba, a third-generation sheep farmer.
Simone Ibba (in Italian): We have about 250 or 300 sheep that produce milk. We use some of this milk to make a cheese called casu marzu.
Presenter: 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 flavour. Here's how it works.
First, a traditional wheel of pecorino cheese is made from sheep's milk. Then, a special fly, called the cheese fly, is allowed to lay its eggs in it.
Simone Ibba (in Italian): In about 40 days, the cheese wheel will be completely invaded by cheese flies and their larvae.
Presenter: 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.
Simone Ibba (in Italian): The spicy, different, tasty, doughy flavour comes from the work that the fly does.
Presenter: Today, it's a favourite for special occasions like weddings and birthday parties. But eating this cheese can be dangerous.
Simone Ibba (in Italian): Some people think that the larvae will continue to live inside you. It's not like that. Otherwise, we'd be full of maggots because we've eaten them for a lifetime.
Presenter: 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.
Simone Ibba (in Italian): Few people know how to make casu marzu cheese any more, but I've always known it; my grandmother knew it, my grandfathers, my uncles.
Presenter: And they just can't get enough.
Simone Ibba (in Italian): Casu marzu cheese with prosciutto and a slice of melon – it's to die for.
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Are there any foods from your country that are unusual?
yes in my country people eat a lot of cheese and it contains a lot of fats and there is many products that is made up of dairy product and I never eat cheese and other fat food.
As far as I know there is no unusual food in my country, but there are many dishes with too much fat, so they are not for the faint of heart.
I could not get Task 2 to function correctly: “Video zone: A rare cheese – 2
Put the stages in the correct order.” Perhaps my computer's operating system is not current enough to support the functionality. I tried several manoeuvres, but was unable to get the stages (lines) to move around. The multiple-choice questions in Task 1 worked perfectly.
The task functions in a slightly unintuitive manner. To move the sentences around, first click on one of them (it should change colour) and then click on a second. The two sentences will swap places.
I hope that helps!
The LearnEnglish Team