Pule cheese

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Country of originSerbia
TownSremska Mitrovica, at the Zasavica Special Nature Reserve
Source of milkDonkeys and goats

Pule cheese or magareći sir, is a Serbian cheese made from 60% Balkan donkey milk and 40% goat's milk.[1][2]

The cheese is produced in Zasavica Nature Reserve.

Pule is reportedly the "world's most expensive cheese", fetching US$1300 per kilogram.[3][4][5] It is so expensive because of its difficulty to produce, and its rarity: there are only about 100 jennies in the landrace of Balkan donkeys that are milked for Pule-making and it takes 25 litres (6+12 US gal) of milk to create one kilogram (2 lb 3 oz) of cheese.[3] Among its devoted enthusiasts is Novak Djokovic, who was once rumoured to have purchased the entire supply, although he denied it.[6]

The taste of Pule cheese is reputed to be similar to that of manchego, a combination of nutty and earthy flavours, accompanied by a crumbly texture.[6]

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  1. ^ Vuković, Kristin (July 27, 2016). "A cheese made from... donkey milk?". BBC. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  2. ^ Bojana M.; Mandić, Anamarija I.; Hadnađev, Miroslav S.; Gubić, Jasmina M.; Milovanović, Ivan Lj.; Tomić, Jelena M. (2016). "Characterization of extra-hard cheese produced from donkeys' and caprine milk mixture" (PDF). Dairy Science & Technology. 96 (2): 227–241. doi:10.1007/s13594-015-0261-2. S2CID 73716149.
  3. ^ a b Roberts, Brian (February 18, 2018). "These Are The 3 Most Expensive Cheeses In The World". Forbes. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  4. ^ Busbee, Jay (December 10, 2012). "Novak Djokovic is buying the world's entire supply of donkey cheese". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved December 11, 2012.
  5. ^ Dolak, Kevin (December 10, 2012). "Tennis Star Buys Supply of Rare Cheese". ABC new3s. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Donkey cheese is the latest health food - but it costs £880 per kilo". The Independent. November 22, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2023.

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