Controversial Mimolette isn’t the only cheese that plays host to mites — even beloved Comte has a few. It’s important not to confuse microscopic cheese mites with the jumping maggots of Casu Marzu. While the maggots may present some legitimate dining hazards (eye injuries, anyone?) cheese mites are generally considered unnoticeable; all they leave behind is a pleasant, floral, earthy flavor. Want to learn more about cheese mites? Read on below.
You see, mites love cheese — much like us — and they want to eat it too — again, a lot like us. Lucky for them, they thrive in the damp, cool atmospheres where cheeses are stored and aged. (If only we didn’t find basement-type environments so creepy.)