Cheese Made from Most Disgusting Things Imaginable Will Have You Go Vegan

If you love stinky cheese, you'll be head over heels for microbial cheese, which is made from toe jam. Hmmmmm. Imagine a nice platter of that with some Wheat Thins and a glass of Chianti. And if you don't like toe jam, don't worry. Microbial cheese can be made with other things too -- like the stuff that grows in your belly button, armpit and mouth. If you like soft, tangy cheeses, I'd say this is the way to go.


The cheeses popped up not at your local gourmet store, but at a science exhibit in Dublin, Ireland. A team made up batches of "microbial sketches" of cheese from different strains of bacteria sampled from different parts of the body, like the toes.

Add milk and Lactobacillus and voila! If you're tired of brie, this might be your thing.

Said microbiologist Christina Agapakis, one of the cheesemakers:

I'm really excited about things that sometimes are a little bit gross, a little bit disgusting.

The reason for this new and thoroughly digusting kind of cheese? The team who made it says they wanted to "showcase the different aspects of smell and microbial communities." I'm not going to pretend to know what that means.

But the team claims that most cheese bacteria smell very close to the bacteria found in armpits or feet. Agapakis claims that when people at the exhibit smelled her toe jam cheese they said that it smelled just like regular cheese. Scary, right? Someone could sneakily replace your ambert with toebert.

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The cheese, however, was not being served -- for obvious reasons. But I suspect that foot fetishists will desperately trying to get a slice of this cheese.

Would you even smell this, let alone eat it?

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