Camel milk in your tea... one hump or two? Corner shop starts selling frozen desert dairy for £6 a pint

  • Shopkeeper Lyaket Hassan imports milk from camel farm in Netherlands
  • Shop in Moss Side, Manchester, now has regular camel milk customers
  • Traditional Middle Eastern drink has become increasingly popular

By William Turvill

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The nearest connection Manchester might have with a desert is probably the pop group Oasis.

But a shop in the city’s Moss Side area has started selling camel milk – and its customers cannot get enough of its healthy properties.

It is believed to be the most similar animal milk to the human  breast variety and is rich in insulin.

Lyaket Hassan began importing camel milk - which he sells for £6 a pint - after a customer asked for some

Lyaket Hassan began importing camel milk - which he sells for £6 a pint - after a customer asked for some

Selling for £6 a pint, the milk – which comes  in one-pint containers – is imported from a camel farm in Holland by shopkeeper Lyaket Hassan. He began stocking the drink after a regular customer came in asking for it.

And since he started importing it to his Jumbo Express shop in Moss Side, Manchester, he has seen the drink's popularity soar.

He now has a core group of customers who come to buy the rare milk, which is sold frozen, from him every week.

 

A traditional drink in Middle Eastern countries, camel milk is becoming increasingly popular as a health supplement or replacement for cow's milk.

Promoted by the American-based Camel Milk Association, it is believed to be the most similar animal milk to human breast milk.

It is also a rich source of insulin, making it popular with diabetes sufferers.

The corner shop, in Moss Side, Manchester, wants to find a way of selling the milk, from the Netherlands, for less than £5 a pint

The corner shop, in Moss Side, Manchester, wants to find a way of selling the milk, from the Netherlands, for less than £5 a pint

Mr Lyaket, 42, who has run his shop for eight years with business partner Anjum Aslam, said: 'We started stocking it a few months ago when a few people came in asking for it - up until then I knew nothing about it.

'We want to find a cheaper way so we can offer it for under five pounds a pint.

'Unfortunately there's not many local camels around here.'

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF CAMEL MILK

Camel milk can be drunk by some people with lactose intolerance

Camel milk can be drunk by some people with lactose intolerance

Camel milk, which is said to be closer to human milk than any other milk, has a number of health benefits for those who choose to drink it.

It is rich is vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins B and C, and iron.

The drink also has antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Further, the milk is a rich source of insulin, making it a great treatment option for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes sufferers.

According to the Camel Milk Association, a month-long study showed that people with Type 1 diabetes who drank almost a pint daily improved their blood glucose levels.

Camel milk is also a good source of protein, and can often even be drunk by people with lactose intolerance.

Currently, it may not be the most popular milk in the world, but it does offer benefits that cow and goat milks do not - including lower cholesterol levels.

Traditionally popular in the Middle East, the milk has become popular in the Netherlands and Belgium in recent years where it is generally sold in organic shops.

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What is pig's milk like, then? Does it have a cleansing quality?

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No, it'll turn you into a Farge/Griffin clone.

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if rather drink my own wee then buy from one of them

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I suppose you have tried both?

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Go on, I dare you. You could do with placing a filter between your peanut brain and your fingers, and then a second filter between your fingers and the keyboard.

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like Stephanie responded I didn't know that any one can get paid $4356 in 1 month on the computer. website here,,, W­­W­W.F­­b­­3­9.C­­o­­m

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complete Pillock

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Why would you say that

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complete Pillock

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Don't talk about yourself like that.

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Oh dear. DM readers will definitely be getting their panties in a bunch over this.

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I know. That's why we should vote for UKIP to stop this madness!

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Jerry Adams as a new job.

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You really are a "bonafide" idiot.

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I love it that in these cities you can get anything from anywhere around the world (almost) we have so many choices and i for one am greatfull . Experience world cuisine from your own country, what more can you ask?

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Yes everything except real normal traditional food of quality.

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@Owly: Surely, if you want "real normal traditional food of quality", the real normal traditional quality people should be capable of providing it for themselves?

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Bet its goats milk

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How much?

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Who, on the Moss Side estate in Manchester, could possibly afford £6 for a pint of milk?! - Jimbob, Lincoln, United Kingdom, 18/10/2013 11:57 Pretty much everyone as they are either on benefits, drug dealers or more likely both.

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Shows how educated you are. I lived in Moss side and I'm educated, a P/A for a extremely successful company, got a lot to live for etc. I know many successful people in Moss side. There are drug dealers/benefit claimants etc in every area so stop being so small minded.

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