Djokovic Buys All the World's Donkey Cheese

Tennis star snaps it up for restaurant chain

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 10, 2012 7:05 PM CST

(Newser) – Hope you don't have a thing for donkey-milk cheese: Tennis star Novak Djokovic has bought what is possibly the world's entire supply for 2013, reports the Daily Mail. The Wimbledon champion made the deal with a donkey farm in Serbia for his new chain of Serbian restaurants. Financial details weren't disclosed, but aficionados are known to pay up to $640 per pound of donkey-milk cheese—which is white, crumbly, and tastes like a richer, deeper version of Spanish manchego.

The Zasavica cheese company's manager says it is the only farm that milks donkeys for cheese. Fifty miles west of Belgrade, it has a herd of 130 donkeys and milks the females by hand three times daily. The farm workers also bottle donkey milk and make a donkey-milk soap. Lest you feel queasy, consider that donkey milk has just 1% fat, anti-allergen properties, and 600% the vitamin C of cow's milk. And Cleopatra reportedly used it to keep herself looking fine.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia wipes his face in the men's singles semifinal match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai, China, Saturday Oct. 13, 2012.   (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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