If you want to try this decadent and unusual cheese, then Sardinia should be on your next travel itinerary.
Cheese is a favourite treat for travellers wanting to sample local delicacies, but not all cheeses are created equal. Here are some ‘decadent’ and unusual cheeses from around the world.
Sweden’s the spot for Moose cheese
Swedish moose cheese is a serious contender for the title of the world’s most expensive cheese and it’s certainly one of the more unusual.
At $1,000 per kilo, the delicacy is one to savour. Just one moose dairy farm exists in Bjursholm, northern Sweden, to provide local restaurants with an adventurous alternative to camembert and brie.
The three domesticated moose (Gullan, Haelga and Juna) are what makes the entire venture possible, and you can see them on their farm for a sample along with some 25,000 other admirers that visit every year.
Sample Casu Marzu in Italy
Now, you can’t talk about rare cheese without a delegation from Italy, and their Sardinian casu marzu fits the bill perfectly.
Technically speaking, this sheep’s cheese is illegal. Here’s why…
Casu marzu begins its life as your regular pecorino, a hard cheese produced from sheep’s milk.
Sheep living on the island of Sardinia already produce a distinctive flavour with their milk due to the tough conditions in the area, but the locals take it one step further by doing what no one else could possibly consider…
They let the flies at it.
Once the pecorino has had a chance to cure, the top is cut off and the rest is left outside for nature to inject its own special flavours – in this case, fly eggs.
When the larvae start to eat their way into the wheel, it officially becomes casu marzu – ‘rotten cheese’. If you want to try this decadent and unusual cheese, then Sardinia should be on your next travel itinerary.
Donkey cheese is on the menu in Serbia
Another candidate for the title of the world’s weirdest cheese harks from Serbia, where donkey cheese is on the menu.
The one and only donkey cheese farm is located 80 kilometres west of Belgrade, where 130 donkeys produce less milk as a team than a single dairy cow. It takes a whopping 25 litres of donkey milk to produce just a kilo of cheese.
No surprise then that it’s one of the world’s costliest cheeses at €1,000 ($1,400) per kilo.
If you fancy sampling some donkey cheese, one of the few places you’ll see it on the specials board is at a new chain of restaurants owned by tennis star Novak Djokovic. The world number one recently bought up the entire supply.