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World's Strangest Illegal Souvenirs
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World's Strangest Illegal Souvenirs

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Wear, admire, or consume them overseas—but don’t even think about bringing these souvenirs home.

Casu Marzu

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The name means “rotten cheese” in Sardinia, but that’s just half the story: casu marzu contains live maggots. The makers introduce the larvae to a decomposing wheel of pecorino to break down its fat and render it even softer and runnier. Revered as a rare delicacy by certain cheese aficionados who frequently try to smuggle it into the U.S. from Italy, casu marzu is not beloved by border officials. It’s not the maggots, however—Customs bans soft cheese of any kind.

World's Strangest Illegal Souvenirs

Casu Marzu

The name means “rotten cheese” in Sardinia, but that’s just half the story: casu marzu contains live maggots. The makers introduce the larvae to a decomposing wheel of pecorino to break down its fat and render it even softer and runnier. Revered as a rare delicacy by certain cheese aficionados who frequently try to smuggle it into the U.S. from Italy, casu marzu is not beloved by border officials. It’s not the maggots, however—Customs bans soft cheese of any kind.

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