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Žinčica (in Slovak) or Žinčice (in Czech), Żentyca (in Polish)[1] is a drink made of sheep milk whey similar to kefir consuming mostly in Slovakia.[2] It is a by-product in the process of making bryndza cheese.[2]

Žinčica is fermented by the following Lactic acid bacteria: Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactococcus lactis and Leuconostoc mesenteroides.[2]

Traditionally, this drink is served in a črpák, a wooden cup with some pastoral scene carved into the handle.[3][4]

Bryndzové halušky is typically served with žinčica.[5]

The origin of the word is the Romanian jîntiţa, the drink being carried by Vlach shepherds instead of water.[citation needed]


Žinčica tastes a lot like yoghurt, only a bit more liquidic. Of course, recipe can vary from house to house. It isn't so good for thirst, because is basically fat, but great as side liquid dish with Bryndzové halušky, Haruľe or Prézle. Some do not like invasive taste of this diary, but this may be caused by world-wide Lactose intolerance.


  1. ^ "Żentyca" (in Polish). Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Republic of Poland. 6 October 2005. Archived from the original on November 16, 2008. Retrieved 2 March 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Kurmann, Joseph A.; Jeremija Lj Rašić; Kroger, Manfred (1992). "Žinčica". Encyclopedia of Fermented Fresh Milk Products: An International Inventory of Fermented Milk, Cream, Buttermilk, Whey, and Related Products. New York City: Van Nostrand Reinhold. pp. 322–323. ISBN 0-442-00869-4. OCLC 24469241. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  3. ^ Belko, Tomáš. "Mountain sheep farming (Salašníctvo)". Slovenskej agentúry pre cestovný ruch. Retrieved 2 March 2009. 
  4. ^ "Črpáky" (in Slovak). 6 October 2006. Retrieved 2 March 2009. 
  5. ^ Bedford, Neal; Rawson, Jane; Warren, Matt (2004). Lonely Planet Czech & Slovak Republics. Hawthorn, Victoria: Lonely Planet. p. 62. ISBN 1-74104-046-9. OCLC 55129941.