Plagued by bed bugs that proliferate during warmer temperatures and the kind of distorted energy policy that replaces residents in the Braka village with four nuclear reactors, the UAE doesn’t always have a lot to be proud of. Except, perhaps, camel’s milk. Rich in vitamins and iron, and easier to digest than cow’s milk, we wondered how long it would take for camel’s milk to reach America’s Wholefoods shelves. As it turns out, that might happen a lot sooner than we thought.
Camel milk gets EU approval
Writing for Time, Megan Gibson explains that European Union health officials have evaluated the UAE’s camel milk, and have given it their stamp of approval.
“The EU will be conducting inspections and if the milking facilities pass, powdered camel milk will be exported to Europe, and possibly to Asia and the U.S. in the future,” she wrote.
She goes to say to explain that Camelicious, which is based in Dubai, hopes to derive a greater profit by exporting to Western markets. Largely successful in the UAE since 2006, they look forward to sharing the benefits of camel milk with the west. However, Gibson wonders how easily the West will embrace the taste.
Spruce up the taste
She says that while wild Camels produce a salty milk, but Camelicious camels are fed hay, carrots, and dates, which improves the milk’s taste. And to further enhance the milk’s gamey taste, they add date, saffron, chocolate, and strawberry flavor.
“We know this isn’t what you’d call a mainstream product in the West,” David Wernery, legal adviser for Camelicious, told the Associated Press. “It’s probably going to be a niche thing at first.”
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