Leben (milk product)

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The term Leben, variously laban, lben (Arabic: لبن‎) or Aɣu, Iɣi (Shilha: ⴰⵖⵓ) in the Middle East and North Africa,[1] refers to a food or beverage of fermented milk. Generally, there are two main products known as leben: in the Levant region and parts of Arabia, yogurt; and in Arabia and North Africa (Maghreb), buttermilk. Leben can be served at breakfast, lunch or dinner. [2]

Traditional leben

Buttermilk drink[edit]

Leben as a drink is traditionally prepared by letting milk ferment for around 24 hours, then churning and removing the butter. The remaining buttermilk can keep for several days at room temperature. In modern times, it is produced industrially.

See also[edit]

Similar beverages:


  1. ^ FAO corporate document repository, "The technology of traditional milk products in developing countries", "[1]"
  2. ^ NPSelection (2018-05-03). "Fermented Milk Products from All Over the World. Leben and Kishk". natprosel. Retrieved 2020-11-10.

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