If you thought Rajasthani olive tea was the only new thing that we were going to savour in 2017, wait till your learn what Gujarat has in store for you. This Diwali, it’s not just cow milk chocolate that’ll be lining your table because Amul just announced its range of camel milk chocolates in India.
“It is known as Amul Camel Milk Chocolate and will be made using camel milk. We will procure camel milk from Kutch and the chocolates will be made at Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union run Amul dairy at Anand,” said Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation’s (GCMMF) Managing Director RS Sodhi, who also confirmed that the chocolates will be available in the market before Diwali.
In its first phase, about 2 lakh retail outlets across the country will be supplied with the camel milk chocolate that will be made using milk procured from pastoral breeds of camels mainly Kharai and Kutchi breeds, explained Sodhi. Sarhad Dairy, which is the Kutch district co-operative milk producers’ union limited and a member union of the GCMMF, is in the process of setting up a camel milk processing plant in Kutch district that will soon be operational.
“In the past two weeks, some 10,000 litres of camel milk have already been procured by Amul. The first cheque of compensation will be handed over to camel breeder’s association of Kutch, this week, on the sidelines of the exhibition on pastoral life, ‘Living Lightly’, which will be inaugurated in Ahmedabad,” said Sushma Iyengar, lead curator, of the exhibition which is organized by Centre for Pastoralism.
Further, to manufacture the new product and various other kinds of chocolates, a new facility with a capacity of 1,000 tonnes per month has been planned at Anand. Meanwhile, the camel milk chocolate got its seal of approval from Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) as a food item with specific standards for sale and trade.
If you’re cringing at thought of camel milk, hear this: as per the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), camel milk is high in medicinal value and, therefore, good for health. It helps manage diabetes, liver and kidney disorders, and it has functional food value in cases of autism in children, while boosting immunity to resist many infectious diseases.
While we are totally stoked about this interesting new offering, how cool are you with trying out not just camel milk, but chocolate made of camel milk? Vote below and let us know!
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Source: Times of India
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