Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Camels and Camels Milk…But Were Too Afraid to Ask!

OK.

So maybe you haven’t been lying awake sleeplessly at night, wondering about camel’s milk and camels…

BUT, camels, as I have recently discovered, can be really sweet, fun animals, and the nutritional makeup of their milk is really quite intriguing as well!

If you’re wondering where all this camel talk is coming from, let me tell you about the adventure my 4th grade Girl Scout troop just had at a camel farm.

This past week, we took a trip to the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, California.  Once we entered the gate, we were greeted by three friendly horses and one studly camel.  He was the only camel of the bunch we weren’t allowed to pet.  Apparently he fancies himself quite a ladies man, and takes a dislike to anyone other than female camels.

No matter…

You can’t see it in this photo, but the long globs of slobber hanging from his mouth were a bit of a turn off…

At least for me.

BUT, we made friends with pretty much all of the other animals at the farm, and the fabulous and most gracious owners Gil and Nancy.

Here’s the scoop on the animals at the farm…

Turkeys {These guys and gals are NOISY.  If you really want to see them in action, they will be racing this summer at the San Diego County Fair.}…

Exotic birds and Parrots {Nancy does a great bird show and we got to see one of the birds do a fun talking and dancing routine.}…

Mules {So sweet}…

Sheep {Sweeties too, and specially bred to eat the weeds below the grapes at vineyards}…

Dogs! {Nothing exotic, just super friendly pups who endeared themselves to the girls just as much as the other more exotic animals.}

And, of course, the camels.

20 of them, including two babies!

Here’s a little FYI on camels:

  • Camels only spit when they are uncared for.  THESE camels are definitely getting some good loving!  Not a single spitter in the group {but lots of kissers!}  What surprised me was how sweet and friendly they were. Clearly they are well cared for and well loved by Gil and Nancy!
  • Camels can live to be up to 35 years old.
  • What do you think is in their hump? Water? Guess again…It’s fat!  So, if you see a camel with a small hump {or no hump at all}, you are seeing a “skinny” camel.
  • Camels store water in their bloodstream throughout their body and can go up to 2 weeks without drinking any water.
  • An adult camel weighs around 1200 pounds and can carry half that weight on his/her back.

Pretty interesting animals, I think!

The girls all got to take a ride on one of the camels.

They all said it was a blast and were surprised by the squishy hump!

All in all, it was a FABULOUS afternoon!

And although we didn’t get to taste any camels milk {it’s not approved for sale in the US yet}, we did learn some intriguing information about the nutritional makeup and potential health benefits of camel’s milk…

Camel’s Milk is:

 

  • 2-3 times higher in Vitamin C than Cow’s milk.
  • Being studied as a possible adjuvant therapy for Type 1 Diabetes.
  • Suitable for people with lactose intolerance.
  • 10 times higher in lactoferrin than cow’s milk, and is being studied for its potential antibacterial and antiviral properties.
  • Being used in Russia, Kazakhstan, and India for treating colitis, diabetes, and tuberculosis.

All intriguing stuff, and I’ll definitely be on the look out for more camel’s milk research.

For now, if you are interested in reading more about these potential health properties and benefits of camel’s milk, I recommend these articles and research studies for further reading:

In the meantime, I can highly recommend lathering up with a bar of Camel’s Milk Soap which is available for purchase on-line from the Oasis Camel Dairy.

I got to take home a bar of their rosemary mint camel’s milk soap and it was divine.

OR, if chocolates are more your thing, you can purchase some Camel’s Milk Chocolate from Nancy and Gil as well {next on my list to try!}

And, finally, if you live near the San Diego area I HIGHLY recommend a visit to the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona. It truly will not disappoint!

And, for all you moms, there is a special Mother’s Day tour coming up. I’m thinking that would be a pretty fun Mother’s Day adventure…

Have you ever pet/ridden/fed or “kissed” a camel before?  What’s the last {unexpectedly} fun outing you had?  If it were available, would you try camel’s milk?  What are your plans for Mother’s Day?

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  1. wow this place looks so cool I remember reading about how good camels milk in on BBC site a few yrs ago and a guy in Denmark was selling it wish I lived closer I want to visit that farm LOVE it

  2. Wow, how fascinating! I never knew about all the health benefits of camel milk. I wonder what it tastes like. I know that goat’s milk has a very distinct flavor, I bet camel’s milk does too.

  3. I was contacted last year about camels milk and really thought it was a joke. I guess it wasn’t. It’s amazing when your ears are open that you can learn anywhere. I was at the Nat Geo Family day yesterday. There was a reptile show and I learned that tortoises shell helps keep water retained (imagine running with a shell!) and that snakes (sort of knew) eat things whole I thought about what would happen if we did the same. I think I have a fat hump too :(

  4. Hi Sylvie! From what I understand from the owner, Camel’s milk tastes very similar to cow’s milk, only it’s slightly sweeter…

    Lauren-I seriously doubt you have a fat hump :-) Interesting stuff about tortoises and snakes!

  5. Funny pictures! Camels have such personality. Looks like a fun place to visit :)

  6. intriguing indeed! I never considered drinking Camels milk…lol
    Great pictures and I’m glad you shared!

  7. I would love to try the milk! This is truly fascinating!

  8. Lisa, Amy, and Maria-Thanks so much for your comments! It really was a lot of fun, and educational too!

  9. Wow! Who knew so much about camels! What a beautiful post…love your pictures of the animals! They’re beautiful!

    One time when I was in Colorado…a camel almost started chomping on my hair! We have a picture of it somewhere…too funny! Really great informative post!

    • EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Hi. Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks for your kind comments and sharing your hair chomping camel story :-)

  10. Okay – that looks like too much fun! Who would ever have guessed camel’s milk would have so many health benefits!

    • EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Hi Kristi! Thanks so much for your comment! And, yes, it really was way too much fun!

  11. go read blog (foodtrainers), exciting chocolate news for you…

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