Kefir - The Origins of Kefir and It's Rich History
by Ceena Giselle
mhealthy life spans. Life spans of over a hundred years old were nothing out of the
ordinary.

Fast forward to last century, kefir becomes increasingly popular in Russia and in the
former Soviet states. And its popularity today is still growing as countries aside from
the former USSR like, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and Denmark
are manufacturing kefir on a commercial scale.

But the real question we should be asking ourselves is not where kefir, the fermented
milk beverage, originated from, but where kefir grains originated. For without kefir
grains in the first place, there wouldn't be kefir.

Unfortunately, the origin of kefir grains has long been surrounded by mystery. No
one really knows for sure where it came from and how it came to be. The most
popular take on the origin of kefir grains is a legend of the Prophet Mohammed giving
the Orthodox people of the Caucasian Mountain the very first kefir grains and
teaching them how to make kefir or "the drink of the Prophet Mohammed" from it.

The kefir grains or "grains of the prophet" and the process of making kefir, were
guarded very closely and were regarded as the family's or tribe's wealth. And since
the kefir grains could be retrieved and reused indefinitely after each batch of culturing
milk, these were passed on from generation to generation.

Another take on the origin of kefir grains is that it is actually manna on milk. The
same manna, God miraculously supplied during the Israelites' 40 years of wandering
in the wilderness as mentioned in the Jewish Torah and the Christian Bible.

In the end, we may never know whether the first kefir grains were a gift from the
Prophet Mohammed or food supplied by God himself. For all we know, it could very
well have been there all along.

But we are sure of one thing, that
and kefir will continue to puzzle the
generations to come with its "miraculous" health benefits and healing qualities. There
is literally nothing in this world quite like kefir.


About The Author

Ceena Giselle is a nutritionist and a Kefir enthusiast , specializing on natural, organic
whole foods. Her new website, Your Kefir Source, just launched. For more
information, please see
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Kefir is popularly believed to have
originated centuries ago from the
shepherds of the Caucasus mountain
region. The people of this area, the
Caucasians, were known to make
kefir by adding kefir grains to goat or
cow's milk and letting it ferment for
days inside a goatskin leather bag.
The result, a refreshing cultured-milk
beverage with a slightly creamy
texture and a refreshing sour flavor
known as kefir.

These people, who were said to have
consumed large quantities of kefir,
were known to have very long
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