Milbenkäse, also known as Milbenkäse or Mite Cheese, is a unique German cheese from the Saxony and Thuringia regions that is intentionally infested with mites during the ripening process. These mites play a role in the fermentation and development of the cheese's flavour and unique taste.
Milbenkäse is a surface-ripened or smear-ripened cheese made from cow's milk. The cheese is known for its strong aroma and distinctive flavour. The texture of Milbenkäse can vary from semi-soft to firm, depending on the duration of the ripening process.
The intentional use of mites in the production of Milbenkäse has sparked controversy and debate. Milbenkäse is often enjoyed with bread, crackers, or fruits.