Camel milk gains popularity worldwide – Australians favor it too

Camel milk gains popularity worldwide – Australians favor it too

Camel milk, which is only now getting increasingly popular all around the world, has long been valued in Turkmenistan.

Camel milk production has become one of Australia’s new agricultural industries, as demand for the product grows both locally and internationally.

The BBC has reported a growing number of camel farms in Australia. The first of them was opened in 2014 by Lauren Brisbane, the founder of QCamel, a commercial camel milk dairy.

While humans have been consuming camel milk for more than 6,000 years, worldwide demand has risen significantly in recent years, despite its expensive nature. One liter of pasteurized camel milk costs about A$15 ($10; £8) in Australia, making it 12 times the cost of cow’s milk, the BBC wrote.

Milk of this dessert mammal is an excellent organic product and a good source of vitamin C and B, as well as calcium and iron.

Chal, a camel milk-based drink, is traditionally popular in Turkmenistan. It is said to be a well-balanced, natural product particularly recommended for diabetic patients and those suffering from vitamin deficiency.

Camel milk is now enjoying great popularity in Europe too as more and more people begin embracing healthy lifestyles in big cities. Compared to other types of milk, it has lower sugar and casein.

For the record, 60 % of the global population is lactose intolerant. This explains why camel milk and chal are becoming better known in other parts of the world, while remaining highly sought after in Asia.