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Mite cheese

  • Country of origin: Germany

  • Vegetarian: no

Mite cheese is also known as Milbenkäse / Spinnenkäse, produced exclusively in the village of Wurchwitz, in the state of Saxony-Anhalt. Quark (a fresh cheese) is salted, mixed with caraway, then made into small balls or cylinders and dried. Then it is placed into a wooden box inhabited by cheese mites for three months. Once ripened the rind becomes reddish-brown. Some producers aged it upto one year, as a result the rind turns black. Mite cheese has a strong aroma. Mites clinging to the cheese rind are also consumed. Mite cheese is not strictly legal, as the sale of foodstuffs containing living animals is forbidden in Germany; however it is tolerated by the authorities for the sake of its ancient tradition.

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