One kg of donkey milk costs GEL 60, cheese GEL 1 500 at Virlandia

One kg of donkey milk costs GEL 60, cheese GEL 1 500 at Virlandia

access_time2022-01-24 14:45:15

Virlandia - farm of donkeys is located near Tbilisi, in the municipality of Gardabani, village "Gamarjveba". Donkey milk is produced on the farm, which is pretty rare on the market. It is recognized as a product with healing properties in folk and modern medicine.

According to Tornike Tepnadze, the head of the farm, the donkeys are fed only on natural food, which guarantees that they will produce 100% natural products.

Donkey milk and cheese attract special attention with their price, 1 liter of milk is sold for GEL 60, and 1 kg of cheese costs GEL 1 500.

Despite high price, Virland products are in great demand to their unique properties, noting that donkey milk is an indispensable product for healing, strengthening immunity and many other purposes, the unique properties of which are recognized by medicine.

"Before founding the farm, we got acquainted with foreign and traditional Georgian experience, thoroughly studied the market. First of all, the main distinguishing feature of the milk is that it is the closest to the breast milk, contains anti-allergic, antimicrobial properties, vitamin D. It is a very useful product for any person, especially children, because they are more prone to respiratory diseases and respiratory infections. Despite its high price, demand for donkey milk is high. "Demand for the high standard product on the global market is high, but our farm can’t meet the standards that’s why we are focused on the local market," Tornike Tepnadze told Commersant.

In Tepnadze’s words, the farm was established in 2016. It has 35 donkeys and has a pasture of 40 hectares.

The high price is caused by the low milk yield of the donkey, which produces just 200-300 grams of milk per day. The farm produces on average 5-6 liters of milk per day in winter, 4-5 times more in summer.

25 liters of milk are required to produce one kilo of cheese.

Apart from milk and cheese, "Virlandia" produces only homemade soaps made from natural ingredients and donkey milk.

The farmer notes that donkey milk does not have bacteria as such and it is used both for medical purposes and to produce cosmetics.

The farmer says that in a few months dozens of babies were cured with whooping cough, severe bronchial disease, and colds.

Donkey milk may sound like a trendy newcomer to the milk market, but in reality, it has been around for thousands of years.

It has become popular again recently, especially in parts of Europe, appealing both to adventurous foodies who want to try new foods and beverages, as well as those who aim to eat natural foods with health benefits.

Donkey milk has a long history of medicinal and cosmetic uses. Hippocrates reportedly used it as a treatment for  arthritis, coughs, and wounds. Cleopatra is said to have maintained her soft, smooth skin with donkey milk baths

It has antimicrobial properties and is used as a folk medicine treatment for infections, including  whooping cough, as well as viruses in parts of Africa and India

Nutritionally, donkey milk is very similar to human breast and cow’s milk. It provides vitamins and minerals along with protein.

It’s lower in fat, and thus calories, and has more vitamin D than other milks. Most of the calories in donkey milk come from carbs, which are in the form of lactose.


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