Bhubaneswar: Serbia is an eastern European nation which sells a unique variety of cheese, made of donkey’s milk. It is being sold at 1,000 euros ($1,130/ Rs. 78,000) a kilo- making it the most expensive cheese in the world.
This unique donkey cheese is said to not only be dense, tasty and rich in flavour but also really good for your health.
The maker of this cheese Slobodan Simic and his team of farmers have been milking a herd of more than 200 donkeys who live on a nature reserve northern Serbia called Zasavica.
Their milk has similar properties to breastmilk and is touted by Simic as a cure for a range of ailments, including asthma and bronchitis.
“A human baby can take this milk from the first day, without having it diluted,” he says, calling it a “wonder of nature.”
Donkey milk is high in protein and has been recognised by the UN as a good alternative for those with allergies to cow’s milk. It also has low levels of casein — a type of protein that acts as a binding agent in cheese-making.
The farm sells between six and 15 kilos of cheese a year, mainly to foreigners and tourists who visit, says Simic. Besides, they also produce donkey milk soap and liquor.
Donkey Cheese made headlines in 2012 after false rumours spread that Serbia’s tennis star Novak Djokovic had bought up an annual supply, which he denied.