Mare milk

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Milking of mare in Kyrgyzstan.
Cosmetics made of mare milk in Paris, France.

Mare milk is a milk secreted by female horses, known as mares, during lactation to feed their foals. Mare milk is particularly rich in whey protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin C.[1] The beverage kumis is traditionally made from mare milk.

Powdered mare milk is available in several European countries, such as Germany, France and Italy.[1]

Mare milk is used in Europe as an alternative for cow milk because of its purported health benefits. While still a niche product, mare milk is considered a remedy for skin or digestive problems. Peer-reviewed papers suggest it can improve atopic dermatitis or eczema.[2] Mare milk is used for manufacturing cosmetic products. It cannot be made into cheese using bovine rennet, but it can be made into cheese using camel-rennet.[3]


  1. ^ a b Young W. Park, George F. W. Haenlein, eds. (2008). Handbook of Milk of Non-Bovine Mammals. John Wiley & Sons. p. 293. ISBN 978-0470999721.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)
  2. ^ Mare's Milk For Health? Europeans Look To Horses For Ancient Remedy health benefits, NPR, July 12, 2018
  3. ^ Technique developed to make cheese from horse and donkey milk