Followers of the blog have been reading about Serbian donkey cheese… but here comes…. Deer cheese?
Hmmm, wonder if all the deer that visit my seed feeder each night could have added value?
“Scientists and a cheese maker from Oamaru have produced what they believe may be the world’s first cheese made from the milk of farmed red deer.
What’s more, laboratory tests have identified unique bioactive compounds in red deer milk that they say could improve the immune system of humans.
If that is the case, red deer milk could be worth as much as $100 a litre on niche health food markets and a single red deer hind could potentially produce up to $20,000 worth of milk in a single lactation, according to Dr Alaa El-Din A Bekhit, a senior lecturer in the University of Otago’s Food Science Department.
Bekhit said the idea of producing cheese from red deer milk came from a report he saw on the internet, where cheese from donkey milk sold for about $1800 a kilogram.
Donkey milk does have some bioactive properties, he said. But they believe milk from red deer may have properties that are even more beneficial.”