Dalmatia and donkeys

In Dalmatia, every house had one or more donkeys. Today, when they are only in Croatia 2000, it seems almost impossible. Over the last decade, more intensive research has been carried out on the chemical composition and properties of milk and its effect on health and the human body. One of the most important properties is its resemblance to the chemical composition of a woman's milk, which makes it suitable for nutrition for neonates and newborns.

Our story of donkeys

Our story began in the ancient war years, and today it results with a 50 donkeys. In our household, the first donkey came after a long time in 1992, just to let the children know what it was like. Her name is Old, though she is not the oldest and is the leader since the beginning. He is strong, intelligent and overwhelmed with us for nearly twenty years. Her first daughter was embroidered in the early spring of 1995 and was named Monika. It soon became an attraction, because after so many years on Pelješac, which for centuries was the home of donkeys, there was a little irresistible seed in the world. Monica knew how to return the love she had received and she followed us for years.


Donkey milk

One day, a surprise came to us by a visit from Germany, who came to Dalmatia to seek milk from a donkey. It was known to us that her milk was healing, but until then our donkeys were only the pets that were occasionally driven by tourists. After that visit, more and more people came and looked for this milk. From the beginning we simply gave it up, but it became clear that the flock spread and needed money for their diet. The price of milk that we put in was the same until today, because we are aware that some people who set 200 kuna per liter of this milk have no money for other things but want to help their children.

Although it actually seems that this price is exaggerated per liter of milk, it should be borne in mind that the donkey carries its young 12 months to have an average of half a liter of milk per day and that the milk is taken several times a day. Today, people call almost daily and milk is used for various purposes, from treating the aforementioned diseases, to treating tumors, leukemia, etc. Most users have positive outcomes.

Medicinal properties of donkey's milk

Consuming donkey milk, newborns intolerant to cow's milk protein, provide proper bodily growth and development, as well as the development of the brain and immune system. Investigations in the field of human medicine have shown that administration of donkey milk, except in early childhood, has a positive effect on adolescents and the elderly. It has a beneficial effect on bone bending, prevents the formation of atherosclerosis, positively affects the rehabilitation of patients with coronary and circulatory diseases, prevents the formation and development of tumor cells, is used in asthma and bronchitis. It can freeze and store it in the freezer for up to two years without affecting quality. Prior to use, it should be thawed at room temperature, although it can be heated up to 40 ° C in warm water, but should not be boiled.

The organoleptic characteristics of donkey's milk are manifested in white color, rare consistency and sweet taste. Milk production is special in comparison to other types of animals (cows, sheep, goats), because small volumes of whey (about 1.5 L) require frequent milking (every 2 to 3 hours if milk does not feed chicken). The amount of milk by weight is small (150-250 mL), which depends on the breed, nutrition and lactation stage of the ass. The total amount of daily produced milk varies from 0.5 to 3 liters of milk.

Compared with cow's milk, wormwood contains higher values ​​for lactose, and less for the protein content and milk fat. Some of the specialty of donkey's milk is manifested in the low content of beta-lactoglobulin, high content of immunoglobulins and lysozyme. The β-lactoglobulin content is similar to the content of homemade milk, but much smaller than that of cow's milk. Since we do not find β-lactoglobulins in women's milk, we associate this fact with the hypoallergenic characteristics of marmalade and camel milk, which makes the milk of the assay ideal for nutrition of people who are intolerant to lactose cow's milk. Because of the very low number of microorganisms, donkey milk is not necessary to pasteurize, but can be stored in a freezer. Yet another important feature of donkey milk - low levels of saturated fatty acids (favoring the emergence of atherosclerosis) and, on the other hand, a rich source of essential fatty acids (40 mg / 100 g), important in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and inflammatory processes. The content of linoleic acid is up to two and a half times greater than the content of cow's milk (15 mg / 100 g, 6 mg / 100 g). Compared to cow's milk, the donkey contains about 60 times higher amounts of vitamin C, but also vitamins A, D and E.