Camel's milk has long been consumed in the Middle East and across NorthAfrica. It makes sense for those traveling by camel, across the desert. But how will the salty-tasting liquid be accepted by Americans?
There are health advantages. Camel milk has less fat, and higher levelsof unsaturated fats than cow's milk; has five times the level ofvitamin C; and is naturally lactose free.
This may be why a venture backed by Dubai's ruling sheik wants to introduce Americans to camel milk.
The company has recently been cleared by E.U. health regulators to become the largest exporter of camel milk products to Europe. If all goes well there, camel milk could eventually make its way to the U.S.
The milk in Europe will be reportedly marketed under the name "Camelicious," and sold as a powder. There are long-term plans, however, to one day open a camel farm somewhere on the continent. The U.S. already has such a farm--the Oasis Camel Dairy near San Diego, California, which curiously states on their website: "At this time, we DO NOT sell camel milk for you to drink. If you would like information about camel's milk, please contact us."
"We're thinking about [starting with] health food stores and alternative markets," a Camelicious spokesman told the AP, "It's probably going to be a niche thing at first."