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Žinčica

črpák

Traditionally, this drink is served in a črpák, a wooden cup with some pastoral scene carved into the handle.

Žinčica (in Slovak) or Žinčice (in Czech), Żentyca (in Polish) is a drink made of sheep milk whey similar to kefir. It is a by-product in the process of making Bryndza cheese.

  • Žinčica is fermented by the following Lactic acid bacteria: Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactococcus lactis and Leuconostoc mesenteroides.
  • Traditionally, this drink is served in a črpák, a wooden cup with some pastoral scene carved into the handle.
  • Bryndzové halušky is typically served with žinčica.
  • The origin of the word is the Romanian jîntiţa, the drink being carried by Vlach shepherds instead of water.

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