What on earth is Amasi?
Amasi is traditional fermented milk that is very similar to kefir. It has the consistency of a drinking yogurt with a tart, fermented taste.
The primary difference between regular commercial yogurt and amasi is the amount of lactic acid bacteria – including lactobacillus, which is recognized as an important probiotic in human health and amasi happens to be LOADED with it!
The lactic acid bacteria in amasi helps protect the amasi itself from pathogens and it can do the same in your gut.
How is it made?
If you have ever made your own yogurt, you may know that you can use yogurt to make more yogurt. This is essentially what happens with amasi.
As the milk ferments and separates the whey portion of the milk is drained off and what remains is a thick curdled type of substance – amasi. It is a thick fermented beverage but the exact strain of the ferment varies from community to community. The many different micro-environments and different procedures for making and storing amasi, leads to different strains of amasi. This can take serval hours to a day.
Why is it good for you?
Amasi is recognized as being loaded with health benefits.
Because of the high lactic acid, as mentioned, it may have some of the recognized benefits of probiotics.
Amasi can: improve the absorption of vitamins and minerals.
Reduce cellular-level inflammation: includes skin inflammation and acne
Improve digestion: reducing constipation, bloating and diarrhea
Improve immunity: giving increased protection against cancer, allergies, parasites, infections and illnesses
Improve brain health: improve cognitive functioning and protection against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
Improve overall health: help regulate hormones, including those that control appetite, satiety and body weight.
At Zucchini and Zest we purchase top quality Amasi from Jersey Cow Company. At Jersey Cow Company they use quality raw milk from their well nurtured and grass-fed Jersey dames. This ensures that their amasi is also higher in levels of the beneficial omega 3 fatty acids and of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).
How to enjoy amasi
Use it as a replacement in any recipe calling for buttermilk.
Add it to smoothies, sauces, pastas or enjoy as is over some fresh fruit!
And here you thought Amasi was just an African culture drink borne from the fact that refrigeration lacked!