I have travelled to Russia recently to explore its beautiful cities populated with imperial palaces, churches and ancient castles.
Besides history, art and architecture I had opportunity to taste different cultured dairy products like kefir, ayran and tvorog and Russian famous fermented drink kvass. I did not miss the opportunity to taste other Russian delicious food like borscht, beef stroganoff, olivier salad, blini and pirozhki.
Russian people love fermented foods and they incorporate into their everyday diet.
While browsing diary section in a local supermarket in St Petersburg I was amazed to see several different types of kefir, ayran and tvorog. As a kefir lover and someone who makes it at home, I had to make a difficult decisions which one to try first. In this blog post I will introduce you to my favorite kefir from St Petersburg, Prostokvashino.
Prostokvashino Kefir (Простоквашино Кефир)
On the first sight the Prostokvashino Kefir took my attention because of the funny label with a blue cat. Later I found the funny cat is the character of the famous Soviet cartoon ‘Prostokvashino’.
Looking through dairy section of the supermarket I realised most other dairy products are made by Prostokvashino hence thought it would be good kefir to start with.
The Prostokvashino Kefir has three varieties based on its fat contents of 1%, 2.5% and 3.2%. I have tried 2.5% and 3.2% and prefer the one with higher fat content as it is a thicker drink and has strikingly tart taste. For those that never tried kefir my suggestion is to start with 1% or 2% fat content as you may not enjoy the tangy taste at the start.
Here is nutritional information per 100 grams serving:
fats – 3.2 g
proteins – 3.0 g
carbohydrates – 4.0 g
Energy value per 100 g: 57 kcal / 237 kJ
Russians love Kefir and I loved it too. I was drinking around 500ml everyday (a bit excessive) but I loved it so so much that I could not resist. If you have a chance to visit Russia I highly recommend to try Prostokvashino kefir. I hope you fall in love with it like I did.
Have you tried Russian made kefir?