Archive for September, 2010
Camel milk contains three times as much Vitamin C as cow’s milk and is rich in iron, unsaturated fatty acids and B vitamins, which is why doctors in Russia, Kazakhstan and India often prescribe it to convalescing patients.
Now the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hopes that marketing camel dairy products worldwide will feed more people in arid and semi-arid areas, in addition to giving nomadic herders a good source of income.
“The potential is massive,” says FAO’s Dairy and Meat expert Anthony
Bennett. “Milk is money”. Tapping the market for camel milk, however, is hampered by issues with production, manufacturing and marketing. One problem lies in the slightly salty-tasting milk itself, which has so far not proved to be compatible with the UHT (Ultra High Temperature) treatment needed to make it long-lasting.The main challenge though, stems from the fact that the producers involved are, overwhelmingly, nomads, making it harder to maintain a steady supply.
A camel carcass can provide a substantial amount of meat. The male dromedary carcass can weigh 400 kg or more while the carcass of a male Bactrian can weigh up to 650 kg. The carcass of a female camel weighs less than the male ranging between 250 and 350 kg, but provides a substantial amount of meat nonetheless. The brisket, ribs and loin are some of the preferred parts of the animal, however it is the hump that is considered a delicacy and most favored. It is reported that camel meat tastes like coarse beef but older camels can prove to be tough and not too flavorful.
Camel meat has been eaten for centuries. It has been recorded by ancient Greek writers as an available dish in ancient Persia at banquets, usually roasted whole. The ancient Roman emperor Heliogabalus enjoyed camel’s heel. Camel meat is still eaten in certain regions including Somalia where it is called Hilib geyl, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, Sudan and other arid regions where alternative forms of protein may be limited or where camel meat has had a long cultural history. Not just the meat but also blood is a consumable item as is the case in northern Kenya where camel blood is a source of iron, vitamin D, salts and minerals (although Muslims do not drink or consume blood products).
Two Christians were lost in the Sahara desert .
One is David, the other is Michael .
They were dying of hunger and thirst when they suddenly came upon an
oasis, with what looked like an emirate of a mosque in the middle .
David said to Michael : “Look,let’s pretend we are Muslims, otherwise
we’ll not get any food or drink.
I am going to call myself Mohammed.”
Michael refused to change his name , he said :” My name is Michael , and I
will not pretend to be other than but what I am . …Michael.” The Imam
of the mosque received both well and asked about their names .
David said : “My name is Mohammed .”
Michael said : “My name is Michael. ”
The Imam turned to the helpers of the mosque and said :
” Please bring some food and water for Michael only .”
Then he turned to the other and said :
” Well Mohammed I hope you are aware that we are still in the holy month
A fat girl went into a cafe and ordered two slices of apple pie with four scoops of ice cream cover with lashings of raspberry sauce and piles of chopped nuts. ‘Would you like a cherry on the top ?’ asked the waitress. ‘No, thanks,’ said the girl, ‘I’m on a diet !’