Sheep’s Milk Yogurt Benefits & A Yogurt Dip & Sauce Recipe
Most of the yogurt sold in the U.S. is cow’s milk yogurt, and 51% of that is Greek-style yogurt [source]. In addition to cow’s milk yogurt, you can find yogurts made from:
First, because sheep’s milk yogurt is more expensive to produce, few companies make it. In the U.S., we’ve only found it in artisan brands like:
And third, as a premium-priced product, it is typically only available at high-end markets and specialty food stores.
But if you’re a yogurt fan—or a sheep’s milk cheese fan—treat yourself to some and get to know this delicious variety.
Ounce for ounce, compared to cow’s and goat’s milk yogurt, sheep’s milk yogurt:
Enjoy this dip with cocktails, or as a sauce for chicken, fish, lamb, pork, or vegetables.
Sheep’s milk yogurt is naturally thick and doesn’t require extra straining, although you can substitute Greek-style yogurt.
Thanks to Heraclea Olive Oil for the recipe.
Prep time is 10 minutes.
2. USE a separate, smaller bowl to mix the garlic, salt, and vinegar; then add it to the yogurt mixture. Combine well.
3. DRIZZLE with olive oil and serve.
The domestication of sheep—as well as that of goats and cattle—first took place roughly 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent of Mesopotamia and the nearby mountain zones of western Asia.
This happened when humans, who had been hunter-gatherers, settled into agricultural communities. Being stationary enabled animal husbandry and domestication the first plant crops like barley and wheat [source].
Today, the countries of the Mediterranean remain the world’s biggest sheep dairy producers.
The extraordinarily long lives of Bulgarian shepherds are often attributed in part to the health-giving benefits of sheep milk, and when the brand was in expansion mode in the U.S., Dannon yogurt created this fun commercial.
*The inflammation from A1 beta-casein can cause lymphatic congestion, metabolic suppression, and weight gain. It can also worsen acne, eczema, upper respiratory infections, asthma, and allergies. Finally, A1 beta-casein can stimulate mast cells in the gut and cause digestive problems and lactose intolerance [source].
†Short-term fatty acids improve gut health through a number of effects, from maintenance of intestinal barrier integrity, mucus production, and protection against inflammation to the reduction of the risk of colorectal cancer [source]. Medium-term fatty acids (triglycerides) promote “fullness,” reduce fat deposits, increase energy expenditure, and are more easily metabolized (i.e., turn into energy).
‡A bellwether is the leading sheep of a flock, with a bell around its neck. Why? Long ago, it was common practice for shepherds to hang a bell around the neck of one sheep in their flock, to hear the sheep when they wandered. The word was formed by a combination of the Middle English words belle (meaning “bell”) and wether (a noun that refers to a castrated male sheep). The term first appeared in English in the 15th century. It eventually came to refer to an indicator or predictor of something, or to someone who takes initiative or who actively establishes a trend that is taken up by others.