Mare milk is milk lactated by female horses, known as mares, to feed their foals. It is rich in whey protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin C, and is a key ingredient in kumis. In several European countries, including Germany, it is sold powdered.
Mare milk is sometimes chosen over cow milk for its purported health benefits. A niche market considers it a remedy for skin or digestive problems. Peer-reviewed papers suggest it can reduce atopic dermatitis or eczema. It is used to make cosmetics and can form cheese with camel rennet, but not bovine.
- Young W. Park; George F. W. Haenlein, eds. (2008). Handbook of Milk of Non-Bovine Mammals. John Wiley & Sons. p. 293. ISBN 978-0470999721.
- Forrest, Susanna (July 12, 2018). "Mare's Milk For Health? Europeans Look To Horses For Ancient Remedy". NPR. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
- Technique developed to make cheese from horse and donkey milk