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Žinčica (in Slovak), Žinčice (in Czech), Żętyca (in Polish),[1] Жентиця (Žentyća) (in Ukrainian), or Zyntyca (in Goralic) is a drink made of sheep milk whey similar to kefir consumed mostly in Slovakia and Poland.[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 a pastoral scene carved into the handle.[3][4]

Bryndzové halušky is typically served with žinčica.[5]

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

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  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.[permanent dead link]
  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.