Donkey milk is well know to be an excellent nutritional alternative for babies and children who are allergic to cow milk proteins or multiallergic, due to its similarities with human milk. Donkey milk is also considered useful in the prevention of atherosclerosis and in the regulation of the immune response of healthy elderly humans.
Milk is usually sold raw directly to the consumers, but it can also be pasteurized, filtered, frozen on lyophilized. Donkey milk can also be used to produce confectionery or can be a base ingredient for probiotic and therapeutic food preparations. Even if its casein content do not permit is cheese transformation with the traditional methods used for cow milk, some new methods are being tested to produce mixed milk cheese (cow and donkey milk or goat and donkey milk or a mix of the three milks) or pure donkey milk cheese with a non-calf’s rennet.
Aside from the use as a food, donkey milk is also used to produce cosmetics. In fact, its richness in omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, vitamins & minerals make donkey milk useful for sensitive, dry skin types and skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.