Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) July 30, 2009 -- The world of commerce is about see a high-end camel milk chocolate international, from Dubai.
Approximately 3,000 camels provide the Al Nassma Chocolate company with milk for its camel chocolate. The company is planning to sell its product in the United States, Japan, Europe and Asia, as well as Arab markets. The venture is financed from the coffers of the Abu Dhabi royal family.
Containing less fat, less lactose and five times more vitamin C, with more insulin, the company claims camel mild chocolate will be much healthier than chocolate produced from cowâs milk. The camel chocolate will have no preservatives, or additives and will be flavoured with local popular spices, nuts and honey.
Head of Chocolatier Hochleitner in Austria, Johann George Hochleitner, says "Powdered camel milk is sent from Abu Dhabi to Austria where we produce raw chocolate, then send it back for processing to a factory in the desert".
Camel milk chocolate will be a top-shelf item and available only in places such as Harrods in England. Martin Van Almsick, company manager said "It's a luxury product, so we will never be in supermarkets. The plan is to be in one mall in each UAE city".
The chocolate is currently being sold in luxury hotels and private airlines in Dubai. It is thought that camel milk has healing properties against jaundice, malaria, diabetes and constipation. Raw camel milk can be kept unspoiled for around seven days, compared to the much lesser life span of cow's milk.
Mainly women operate and manage the camel milk industry in most arid and semi-arid countries. In Nairobi substandard unhygienic raw camel milk will get twice the price of pasteurized quality cow's milk. It is common for rich Somali diabetics to undertake camel milk therapy. Tests with tuberculosis patients provided very positive results for those fed with raw camel milk, compared to those treated with raw cow's milk.
Camel milk has a sweet and sharp taste normally, but at times it can taste salty. Other times the milk tastes watery. The quality of milk is affected by the number of calvings, the age of the animal, the stage of lactation, the quality and quantity of feed, as well as the amount of water available.
The question remains however, who is going to volunteer to milk the camels, given they are creatures with such nasty natures?
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