Bulgarian yogurt is one of the most popular and the most consumed diary products in Bulgaria. This is because of its proven nutritional and taste qualities and probiotic effect.
Bulgarian yogurt has unique dietary and healing properties.
What distinguishes it from all other varieties of yogurt and why in Bulgaria is produced the most delicious and healthy yogurt in the world?
Bulgarian yogurt contains a special ingredient – the bacteria called Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus (Lactobacillus Bulgaricus), named after Bulgaria, the country where it was discovered by Stamen Grigorov.
The distinctive difference of Bulgarian yogurt starter cultures is in the symbiotic relationship between two bacteria – Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus in the process of fermentation. They work only together and the fermentation of Bulgarian yogurt is not possible in the presence of only one of the bacteria. Bulgarians call yogurt “sour milk”, because of its mildly sour taste. The longer the fermentation of the milk continues, the more sour is the taste of the yogurt. For those who prefer less sour taste, they can shorten the time for preparation.
Studies of Bulgarian yogurt began with the discovery of the Bulgarian scientist Dr. Stamen Grigorov and the theory of Ilya Mechnikov for the correlation between the longevity of the Bulgarians and the consumption of yogurt. Stamen Grigorov described for the first time the bacteria Lactobacillus bulgaricus in 1905, when he is a medical student in Geneva, in a paper presented at “Pasteur”, Paris. Hundreds of studies conducted later confirmed the health benefits of consumption of Bulgarian yogurt.
The theories about the history of Bulgarian yogurt begin with the Thracians – the ancient inhabitants of the territory of Bulgaria 4000 years B.C. They found that sour milk preserves longer than the fresh one. By adding the sour milk to boiled fresh milk they received yogurt.
In Bulgaria Lactobacillus bulgaricus is isolated from natural sources, mostly in mountain areas.
Bulgarian yogurt is irreplaceable healthy and probiotic food not only for the Bulgarians but also for people all over the world. There are many ways to diversify a diet and the healthy lifestyle with the countless recipes with this kind of yogurt. The consumption of probiotic yogurt will boost your health and improve your intestinal flora.
To make your own Bulgarian yogurt at home, you need just our yogurt starter cultures and milk. The yogurt starter cultures are available in different packages, depending on the amount of yogurt you would like to prepare. With these starter cultures you can also prepare other kinds of milk products like cheese.
You can find yogurt recipes and preparation instructions for yogurt on our website. Get ideas for using Bulgarian yogurt in our Recipes page!