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He introduced me to camel milk! Saudi Arabia | by Eric Lafforgue
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He introduced me to camel milk! Saudi Arabia

I was walking in camel market in Riyadh when this man asked me to come under his tent. He offered me some very fresh camel milk. I must say that i did not want to drink it , as i remembered french president Mitterand in Mauritania drinking some and having his face turning green!

Another friend drunk some milk in Djibouti and finished in the french army hospital!

I could not refuse, i drunk it...and it was a good surprise: the taste is good, soft, like cow milk.

What an adventure, isn't it!

Bedouin also live off of the milk of camels. For many Bedouin, milk replaces water in their diet, sometimes living off of several camels at a time. Camel milk is a staple food of desert nomad tribes and is richer in fat and protein than cow milk. It is said to have many healthful properties. Bedouins believe that the curative powers of camel milk is enhanced if the camel's diet consists of certain plants. Camel milk can readily be made into yogurt, but can only be made into butter or cheese with difficulty. Butter or yogurt made from camel milk is said to have a very faint greenish tinge.


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Taken on January 12, 2010