Woodstock Water Buffalo Milk Yogurt
Boffo Buffalo—Richer And Easier To Digest
CAPSULE REPORT: Yogurt-lovers are in for a new treat, with the thick, creamy, sensual yogurt made from water buffalo. The probiotic yogurts are also available in a lowfat kid’s version and a line enriched with Omega 3s.
Nestled in the green hillsides of Vermont’s South Woodstock lies the only water buffalo milk dairy in the U.S. The Woodstock Water Buffalo Company is home to a 100-head herd (“the girls,” as they’re called) that yields an astonishingly rich, thick milk—the makings of a yogurt that will send you into a starry-eyed trance. You’ll never think of yogurt the same way again.
The first thing you notice as you pop off the container’s lid is that this yogurt is pristine white. That’s because water buffalo process the beta carotene they absorb into Vitamin A, eliminating any coloration. But beyond its startling good looks, water buffalo milk yogurt boasts an even more valuable nutrition profile than the cow’s milk variety: It has 58 percent more calcium, 40 percent more protein and 43 percent less cholesterol. In addition, it contains high levels of tocopherol, a naturally occurring antioxidant.
The Woodstock Water Buffalo Company uses no preservatives or thickeners to achieve its Swiss-style yogurt, uses only probiotic acidophilus cultures—the ones that help maintain intestinal health (the lactose-intolerant claim that buffalo milk yogurt is no problem in the digestion department). The dairy uses all-natural flavorings—many of them locally made—in its flavored yogurts. Their mission is to bring fresh water buffalo milk and cheese products (they also make outstanding buffalo milk mozzarella and buffalo milk ricotta) to the American consciousness while promoting agricultural diversity. “We want to create a unique product and help develop a new form of sustainable agriculture on Vermont’s hillsides,” says Dr. David Muller, the dairy’s founder.
You’ll find none of the chalky texture or tangy undertaste that deters many yogurt eaters from this optimal source of calcium and other nutritional benefits. The yogurt is absolutely delicious on its own, but we recently tried the Maple and Vanilla flavors as toppings on a Pear-Maple Crisp with deliriously satisfying results.
There’s a water buffalo yogurt for regular folk and for those who want extra-healthy yogurt:
So make a note in your dairy diary: Try Woodstock Water Buffalo Yogurt. And if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by the dairy to have a look at an actual hairy but girly water buffalo, and perhaps even enjoy a chat with the staff.
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