Any visitor to Iceland must take the opportunity to try Skyr, a delicious and typically Icelandic type of cottage cheese. In Iceland these are common as dirt, available in any grocery store in the country, but internationally only in select food shops.
Skyr is a dairy product, a typical Icelandic dish halfway between cottage cheese and yogurt. Milk is fermented with lactic acid bacteria much like yogurt, but they remove the whey to obtain a much denser texture.
Skyr has particular features as it is made with skim milk and has a very low fat percentage, between 0 and 2%. So it's like a zero-fat yogurt but with much more protein (2.5 times more in fact). That's why athletes love a skyr in their recovery meal!
Its health benefits are excellent for a dairy product:
If you can't find it in shops, here's a recipe that allows you to rediscover this unique taste, or at least get closer to it.
For 16 to 20 servings of Skyr you will need:
You can now enjoy your Skyr as it is or pour in a little milk and sugar and serve it with cream and fruit, traditionally blueberries, but also any berries will be amazing. Skyr is also delicious with muesli, brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup.
In Icelandic fro-yo and yoghurt shops, Skyr is available in a multitude of flavors: plain, peach, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, blueberry, strawberry, banana, vanilla, caramel, the list goes on... Many restaurants in Iceland also serve it as a dessert, often with a scoop of ice cream and some fruit. In local lore Skyrgámur, the eighth Christmas elf is said to be crazy about Skyr!
To whet your appetite and find out everything there is to know about this uniquely healthy cottage cheese, check out: http://www.skyr.is