5Koumiss

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Kazakhstan, officially known as The Republic of Kazakhstan, is the world’s largest landlocked country, located in central Asia. It shares borders with China, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. In Kazakhstan, Islam is practiced by about 70% of its population and Christianity 26%, but despite the prohibition of alcohol consumption for Muslims Kazakhs are Heavy drinkers. Kazakhs have a long tradition of drinking koumiss (fermented mare’s milk). This is a sour bitter-tasting milky drink, made by adding yeast cultures to a mare’s milk mixture. It generally has an alcoholic content of about 3 percent. To make it, fresh horse or camel milk is stored in leather churns, yeast is added then the mixture is stirred continuously. Afterward, it is heated and stored up for three or four days then it is ready for consumption. There is a popular opinion among locals that koumiss makes your eyes sharper, feet stronger and soul younger. It is regarded as a healthy drink full of protein, minerals, and vitamins. It is said that its color is similar to white wine and taste as delicious as a brewed sweet wine. It is widely believed to be medicinal. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!

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