Camel Milk: Would You Drink It?

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Camel milk can cost you $30 per liter, that’s almost 30 times the price of cow’s milk! 

For hundreds of years, camels have been used to make milk, yogurt, and even cheese. But, why would anyone milk a camel? And what makes the milk so expensive?? 

Camel milk is not as popular as cow milk. Each year, there are about 600 million metric tons of cow milk produced worldwide, but only about 3 million tons of camel milk are produced.

However, camel milk is important across Africa and the Middle East, and some cultures rely on it. Somalia and Kenya alone produce 64% of the world’s camel milk. Camelicious is a farm in Dubai. It has over 6,000 camels on its farm and produces 4 million liters of milk each year.

Demand for camel milk is going up day by day, and the supply is less than the demand, so this keeps the price high. Also, people say Camel’s milk is a health food. It’s slightly lower in saturated fat (the bad kind of fats), has 10 times the vitamin C, and has more calcium and potassium than cow’s milk.

While new camel farms are appearing across the world, the popularity is still not huge. In Europe, there are still 12,000 cows for every single camel. But even if you do have a lot of camels, it’s not easy to get the milk.

It’s important to have a very relaxed, very calm atmosphere for the camels or their milk won’t come out. Farmers must train the camels to be able to milk them without their babies around.

For some camels it takes two, three days, to train to be milked, but for some camels it took weeks. Once this training is over and your camels are making milk, you still don’t get as much milk as from a cow. One cow can give around 50 liters per day, while the camel milk can give 6 to 7 liters. In three years, the cows will give more than 50,000 liters, while the camels give a maximum of 4,000 to 7,000 liters.

Camels must be kept close to their young to continue producing milk, meaning that two animals will need to be kept fed and healthy to produce just 7 liters of milk each day.

So after all this work, what does the milk actually taste like? It’s a bit salty, but it’s quite creamy. I would say it doesn’t taste like regular milk. Watch the video below for more.

As this milk grows in popularity, the price may come down, but for now, camel milk remains an expensive luxury food.

Camel Milk: Quiz Yourself!

How much cow's milk is made in the world each year?
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