Greek yoghurt is usually made from sheep's milk, although cow's milk is also common.
It has strong flavour, it is rich in fat and thick in texture. Greeks eat great quantities of
yoghurt. They eat it plain, they mix is with honey and nuts or with sugar and
spoon sweets. In greek cuisine yoghurt is used
as a sauce on top of meat (like in a version of moussaka, which has a layer of yoghurt on top). It is also used
as a dip, mixed with herbs and vegetables, like in tzatziki,
the famous greek side dish, which is made ou of strained yoghurt.
What is really yoghurt? One can say that yoghurt is a kind of cheese. Both cheese and yoghurt are considered thickened
milk. the difference between them is that yghurt holds most of the milk's moisture, which makes is more "watery" than
cheese and slighlty sour in taste. If you strain a yoghurt for 24 hours you will notice that most of its moisture will
be lost and it will look like a cheese. Yoghurt is very healthy and rich in nutrients. It is the perfect substance for those
who cannot drink milk.
If you travel around Greece you may notice that in villages yoghurt is sold in clay pots or in goatskin bags. Of course,
those who produce large quantities of yoghurt deliver it in plastic containers. Nowdays big food industries produce
yoghurt, which do not look like traditional home made yoghurts. They are more thick in texture and more sweet in taste.