Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Natural Pastures' Mozzarella di Bufala
"Is that really made from Baffalo's milk?"
Yes, yes it is. While Mozzarella di Bufala, or Buffalo Mozzarella, is now hitting the main stream, many still have not had the pleasure of trying this super rich creamy cheese. And yes, it is made with real buffalo's milk. Not North American buffalo (which are really bison), but the Asian water buffalo.
The history of the water buffalo's appearence in Italy is still disputed, with stories ranging from European settlers bring the buffalo's with them from Mesopotamia, to Marc Antony falling in love with buffalo's milk cheeses in Egypt, and so sending water buffalos to Rome. However the water buffalo got to Italy, we're all glad it made it there so that we can enjoy many buffalo milk cheeses.
The benefits of buffalo's milk are great. While the milk is far too rich to drink, it is perfect for making cheeses and yogurts. It has 58 percent more calcium, 40 percent more protein, and 43 percent less cholesteral thn cows milk. Its a rich source of iron, phosphorus, vitamin A, and protein. The cheese itself tends to be very white due to the lack or carotene, which the buffalos convert to vitamin A.
Most buffalo mozzarella is produced in Italy, but now it's being produced all over the world, including right here in BC, by Natural Pastures. Natural Pastures uses the milk from the water bufallo on Fairburn farms, the only herd of water bufallo in British Columbia, and one of only five herds in Canada. The happy buffalo on Fairburn farms only eat organic grasses, clover and hay, which contributes to the milks decidantly buttery flavour. Natural Pastures Cheese company uses milk from farms that practice sustainable farming and animal husbandry. And everyone knows that a happy buffalo makes tastey cheese!
Authentically produced, Natural Pastures' Mozzarella di Bufala contains little to no lactose, thanks to its natural fermentation process.
Natural Pastures' Mozzarella di Bufala is now on special for $4.98/100g (regular price $6.98/100g) while supplies last.
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