When you hear “bizarre cheese”, you probably think of some mouldy french cheese that reeks terribly wrong. However, there are much stranger types of cheese. For instance…
1. The Stilton Cheese (Made with Real Gold)
Regular Stilton cheese is not expensive. And that is why they probably decided to add gold to it. A 100g slice of the golden Stilton will cost you £60.87 – that’s £608 for a kilo. In other words, if you have no better way to spend your money, you might as well just buy some cheese with gold flakes in it. Hey, everything tastes better with gold!
2. Pule (World’s Most Expensive Cheese)
What, does it have diamonds in it? No, but it is made of donkey milk – and it takes 25 litres of it to make one lousy kilo of cheese… white and crumbly cheese, by the way. So how much it costs? Well, roughly around $1700 per kilo. However, it is not produced commercially so you won’t find it in your local supermarket.
3. Epoisses (Banned from Public Transportation)
Now, this is a French cheese. And yes, it reeks godawful and is probably they’ve banned from public transportation. It is made of raw cow milk, then its rind is washed with pomace brandy. If it suddenly starts to smell of ammonia, you should throw it away – this means that it is no longer edible and it will probably upset your stomach. However, if it smells like someone who hasn’t showered in weeks, feel free to enjoy a slice.
4. Milbenkase (Made with Mite Feces)
Germany can be considered a cheese powerhouse, it produces 1.8 million tons of 400 varieties of bizarre cheese. However, there’s a cheese that definitely deserves its spot here. Milbenkase is a cheese made with the help of dust mites. May I remind you that dust mites are the microscopic arachnids that inhabit the fibres of your mattress and carpeting… and are considered highly unsanitary. The cheese has to stay covered with dust mites for over a year – it is said that people who consume it become non-allergic to house dust. We can’t account for that information.
5. Casu Marzu (Made with Flying Maggots)
Literally “rotten cheese”, casu marzu is a sheep cheese popular on the Italian island of Sardinia. We prefer to call it maggot cheese since its riddled with live insect larvae. Eating it when the larvae are dead is considered dangerous, thus it is served while the cuties are still alive and jumping around… making it the only cheese you have to eat with protective goggles.