Cacio marcetto cheese

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Cacio marcetto cheese

Cacio marcetto, (which is also known as Pecorino marcetto) is produced from unpasteurised, whole ewes’ milk throughout Abruzzo, but particularly in the area of Castel del Monte (L’Aquila). ‘Marcetto’ mean ‘rotten’ and gets its name from the fact that piophila casei ‘cheese fly’ larvae are added whilst the cheese is being matured.

As the cheese starts to rot, it becomes creamy and pinkish, and develops a pungency that is rhapsodised by connoisseurs. It takes a year to mature. The larvae (which have mouth hooks) are removed, but if any of the hooks are accidentally left behind, they could cause severe gastric problems.

It is a cream cheese, but it is unusual in that it is matured, whereas most are not. It is stored in earthenware or glass containers and kept in the fridge.

The cheese cannot legally be sold in Italy.

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Cheese type Calories per 100g
American cheese 371
Blue cheese 353
Camembert cheese 299
Cheddar cheese 402
Cottage cheese 98
Edam cheese 357
Farmer's cheese 98
Feta cheese 264
Fontina cheese 389
Goat cheese 364
Gouda cheese 356
Gruyere cheese 413
Mozzarella cheese 280
Parmesan cheese 431
Pimento cheese 375
Provolone cheese 352
Queso blanco cheese 310
Ricotta cheese 174
Roquefort cheese 369
Swiss cheese 380

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