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KAZAKHSTAN KIRGHIZISTAN National drink made with fermented mare's milk of Central Asia. This beverage is OK for lactose intolerants. Having a slight alcohol proportion, it has a particular strong smoked taste. This beverage can be preserved until two weeks, its taste becoming then much stronger. Koumis is produced in Turkestan and on kirghize plates and plains with the milk of mares elevated by nomads. Traditionaly the host offers a bowl of Koumis to his guests. If you refuse this you would offend your host ! The mare's milk is churned in a leather bag "cleaned" with the smoke of pine branches, which gives the particular taste and smell to the drink.
Pasteurization allowed a longer preservation of the product and even its exportation. A´rag (mongol name of koumis) was already a popular drink in Mongolia at Genkis Khan's period. Genkis cavalery comprised 20 000 horses. It's to notice that the mare, just like the woman is a mono-gastric, and doesn't ruminate, whereas goats, cows and sheeps are poly-gastrics. Mare's milk has the closest composition to human milk.
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