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
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)

(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. (Read more cheese stories.)

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