Kyrgyz food

For many centuries the main food for Kyrgyz people was various sour-milk products. The most favorite beverage of nomadic people from Kyrgyzstan is kumis. Kumis is fermented mare's milk. The kumis has a strong and bitter taste. This beverage is stored in jars made of animal skins - chinach. People used to live the fresh mare's milk for tour days in a warm place of the yurt to make it ferment. On the 3rd day, the milk is mixed with new milk, and then it is churned. It is beaten with a wooden stick, called bishkek, and becomes alcoholic.  You can drink kumis only during 3 days after its production. But now, in the Naryn region, with special facility which was made, they began to produce the pasteurized kumis
which can be stored nearly a year. A Kyrgyz man, to show this strength and courage usually takes the largest 
crockery (a big leather jar for kumis) and drinks it in public. It is approved that kumis has striking curative properties. Kumis promotes improvement of digestion, blood circulation, metabolism etc. And "kumis" is a result of huge diligence of our ancestors which succeeded in finding the technology of eternity.

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