If you thought Parmesan was pretty pricey think again. It does not come close to donkey cheese from Serbia.
The unique cheese made from donkey milk is being produced by the Zasavica reserve’s donkey farm, located some 80 kilometres (50 miles) west of the Serbian capital Belgrade. Slobodan Simic, the head of the Zasavica donkey reserve where the cheese is made, told Reuters that it would fetch up five thousand Euros, if it were sold in the free market, given its rarity and the expense of producing it.
It takes about 25 liters of donkey milk to make one kilogram of the cheese, which is white and crumbly.
Donkey milk is said to be very healthy for humans. It has anti-allergen properties, contains only one percent milk fat, and is drunk only fresh because precious ingredients get lost if boiled. One of these is vitamin C, which is present in donkey milk in 60 times larger quantities compared to cows milk.
The farm is home to around 130 donkeys and jennies (female donkeys) of the Balkan donkey breed.